FLAG-OF-CONVENIENCE SHIP BANNED FROM AUSTRALIAN WATERS AFTER FIVE DETENTIONS IN THREE YEARS
For the second time in fewer than twelve months, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Indonesian-flagged general cargo ship NOAH SATU from entering any Australian port.
The vessel, which is on charter to a company based in Singapore, had been detained by AMSA five times since August 2013 for failure to comply with the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) as well as deficiencies related to equipment, operations and safety management, and in particular, “repeated failings related to navigation safety, compliance with pollution prevention requirements and fire safety.”
The NOAH SATU had previously been banned from Australian ports for three months in September 2015. When it returned to Australian waters in January, it was again subject to inspection and detained for the same violations, plus failure to ensure adequate hours of rest for ship personnel as mandated under the MLC.
The authorities also found that the condition of the ship was such that compliance could not be ensured with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention or the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. The vessel will now be banned from Australian waters until February of next year.
“The performance of this vessel is completely unacceptable,” said AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley in an official statement. “Unsafe vessels put the lives of seafarers at risk and pose a threat to Australia’s marine environment. Operators and charterers of ships that repeatedly fail to meet Australian standards need to accept that these ships are not welcome in Australian waters.”