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...]

Venezuela Arrests Seven Suspected of Smuggling Diesel Onboard PDVSA Tanker

  PARAGUANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have arrested seven people for allegedly attempting to smuggle diesel, an industry source and a law enforcement source said last Tuesday, as the government seeks to clamp down on contraband of its highly subsidized fuel. A tanker owned by state oil company PDVSA loaded 60,000 barrels of diesel fuel at the … [Read more...]

MOL Containership Detained in Seattle

The U.S. Coast Guard has detained an MOL containership in Seattle over multiple significant violations discovered during port state control inspections. The violations were discovered Thursday by Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound aboard the Panama-flagged MOL Precision. Violations included defective oil bilge line filtering equipment, missing … [Read more...]

USCG Detains Chinese-Built Bulk Carrier on Maiden Voyage

The U.S. Coast Guard last week detained a 39,848 DWT Singapore-flagged bulk carrier in the Port of Portland after inspectors uncovered numerous safety violations aboard the newly-built ship. The 579-foot MV Strategic Synergy, owned by SBC Synergy PTE. LTD., intended to load grain in Portland as part of its maiden voyage after completing construction on April 23, 2014 … [Read more...]