HFW Briefing: Vessels now exposed to 24 month bans from Australian ports

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Associations, Legal, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on February 13, 2015 at 3:16 PM

HFW Shipping Briefing FEB 2015

Vessels now exposed to 24 month bans from Australian ports

In August 2014, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for the first time exercised its powers under the Navigation Act 2012 to prohibit a foreign flagged ship VEGA AURIGA from using or entering any Australian ports for a period of three months on the grounds of repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship.

The action taken by AMSA sent a signal to shipowners, managers and operators that poorly maintained vessels which failed to comply with safety standards, international labour conventions and marine environment regulations, had more to fear than just periods of detention/notices of rectification by Port State Control Authorities.

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