Australia Detains ‘Unseaworthy’ Ship, Arrests Owners

Inspectors with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority detained the Australian-flagged MV Tomin in the Port of Yamba, New South Wales last week after determining the vessel to be unseaworthy, substandard and a threat to the marine environment. Two of the vessel's owners were arrested on board, charged with operating an unseaworthy and substandard vessel.  AMSA … [Read more...]

Australia Bans Cargo Ship Over Maritime Labour Convention Violations

Australia has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from its ports for three months due violations of international crew welfare laws after the operator failed to pay crew wages in full and on time, in addition to other detainable deficiencies. MSC Kia Ora is operated by Vega-Reederei, the same company which operated the Vega Auriga, which AMSA banned over … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Banned from Australia After Caught Underpaying Crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Panama-flagged bulk carrier DL Carnation from entering Australian ports for one year after the vessel was caught underpaying crew wages. The AMSA was first alerted to the offense on September 8 when it received a complaint via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment … [Read more...]

Indonesian Cargo Ship Banned from Australia for Second Time

An Indonesian cargo ship has been banned from Australian waters for the second time in less than twelve months and following five detentions in just over 3 years. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued the direction February 4th to the 86=meter general cargo ship Noah Satu (IMO No. 9313620) prohibiting the ship from entering or using any Australian port. Noah … [Read more...]