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AMSA Bans Bulk Carrier for 12 Months Amid Safety Concerns

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wrote by Raghib Raza (about a month ago)

https://maritime-executive.com/article/australia-bans-bulker-for-a-year-when-ship-fails-to-provide-repair-updates

Australia Bans Bulker for a Year When Ship Fails to Provide Repair Updates

The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken action against the Liberian-registered bulk carrier KMAX Leader, marking its first ban of 2024. The vessel, with a deadweight tonnage of 91,800, arrived in Gladstone in late October 2023, reporting unidentified engine room vibrations. Despite initial assurances of a quick fix within 8 to 10 days, the ship remained disabled in Gladstone during cyclone season, posing safety risks.

AMSA issued a "refusal of access Direction" effective February 15, citing serious safety violations by the ship's master and owner. Multiple notices were sent to conduct damage surveys and arrange towage, but the lack of cooperation led to the 12-month ban. 

Smit Lamnalco Australia engaged six tugs on February 4 to tow the vessel into anchorage. Subsequently, the KMAX Leader left under tow, prompting AMSA's ban due to non-compliance with international standards.

 

Michael Drake, AMSA's Executive Director of Operations, emphasized the importance of prompt and transparent engagement from ship operators. The incident reflects AMSA's increasing enforcement efforts, with nine bans issued in 2023, up from two in 2022 and four in 2021, totaling 20 since 2020. These measures aim to ensure vessel safety and adherence to labor regulations in Australian waters.

 

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