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...]

Photos Show Damage to Detained ‘Star of Abu Dhabi’ Bulker After Mississippi River Allision

Some new photos obtained by gCaptain show damage to the Star of Abu Dhabi bulk carrier after it reportedly drifted into the dock of a Louisiana sugar refinery, causing millions of dollars worth of damage. The incident occurred March 25 after the vessel broke free from its moorings and drifted into a dock belonging to Gramercy-based Louisiana Sugar Refinery, LLC. The vessel … [Read more...]

Detained Freighter Free to Leave Great Lakes

A Liberian-flagged freighter detained for about six weeks at the port of Duluth-Superior amid an investigation into environmental crimes has been cleared to leave Lake Superior. The U.S. Coast Guard said it reached an agreement on Tuesday with the German owner and operator of the MV Cornelia allowing the vessel to depart the Great Lakes region before the winter … [Read more...]

Car Carrier Detained in Tacoma Over Fire Safety Violations

  The U.S. Coast Guard has detained a Panamanian-flagged car carrier in the Port of Tacoma this week due to safety deficiencies including an inoperable fire detection system. A Port State Control exam team boarded the 590-foot MV Pegasus Highway on Wednesday for a routine PSC inspection. While aboard, the Coast Guard discovered multiple violations of the Safety of … [Read more...]

Australia Detains Bulk Carrier Over Crew Labor Violations

  Australian authorities have detained a Panama-flagged bulk carrier over several crew labor violations including non-payment of wages. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says it was tipped off to possible breaches of the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) onboard the MV Apellis following a complaint from the International Transport Workers Federation … [Read more...]