U.S. Coast Guard Sees Ships Switching to Cleaner Fuel in October

By Stephen Cunningham (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Coast Guard expects ships to start switching over to cleaner burning fuels as soon as the fourth quarter to meet new international standards that kick in next year. “Our focus has been on a smooth and transparent and consistent implementation of the 2020 sulfur cap,” said Jeff Lantz, director of commercial regulations and … [Read more...]

New Zealand Detains Bulker Over Unpaid Wages to Crew

Maritime authorities in New Zealand have detained the bulk carrier Daiwan Justice after learning that the crews’ wages had not been paid for almost four months. Responding to tip from the International Transport Workers' Federation, the Panama-flagged vessel was detained by officers with the Maritime NZ on Saturday, 2 March 2019, at Lyttelton. Maritime NZ Southern … [Read more...]

Paris MoU Releases 2017 “White, Grey and Black” List: United States Falls to Grey as Korea, Poland Move to White

The Paris MoU has approved its 2017 port state control inspection results for 2017 and adopted its new "White, Grey, and Black" performance lists for flag states and Recognized Organizations (ROs). The Paris MoU's annual “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” ranks flag states from best to worst, from flags with a high performance (White) to flags with poor performance that are … [Read more...]

Australia, Paris MoU Ban Cargo Ships Following Port State Control Detentions

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna after it was detained by port state control inspectors for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. The ship was released from its latest detention at Port Kembla last Friday, 8 June 2018, and will not be permitted to enter an … [Read more...]

Cargo Ship MV Acorus Banned from Paris MoU for One Year

The Moldovan-flagged cargo ship MV Acorus has been banned from the Paris MoU for a period of one year due to repeat offenses. The MV Acorus was detained in Piraeus, Green earlier this month during a re-inspection for lifting the refusal of access order, which was imposed in July 2017. The detention was second against the vessel in 36 months. The ship flies the flag of … [Read more...]