THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Saturday (23 July) banned the Liberian-flagged oil tanker AG Neptune from Australian ports for six months.

AMSA inspected the ship in the Port of Gladstone on 17 June 2022 after receiving a complaint regarding the underpayment of seafarers and welfare issues.

During the inspection, AMSA found evidence the employment agreement with 21 seafarers on board the ship had not been met and the crew members were collectively owed approximately $123,000.

AMSA found evidence the food and drinking water were not of appropriate quality, quantity and nutritional value for seafarers.

It is also understood a seafarer was not provided with adequate medical care after being injured onboard.

As a result, AMSA detained the ship for multiple breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention and the operator has been directed to pay the outstanding wages and address the deficiencies.

AMSA executive director of operations Michael Drake said the seafarers were repeatedly not paid at regular intervals and two crew members had expired seafarer employment agreements.

“Australia has zero tolerance for the underpayment of crew. This type of behaviour is unethical and in contravention to the MLC. The international conventions that protect seafarers’ rights are very clear,” Mr Drake said.

“Ships visiting Australian ports are on notice that if we find deliberate underpaying of crew they can expect penalties.

“AMSA takes the MLC seriously and actively ensures seafarers’ health and well-being is upheld on all ships in Australia.”

AG Neptune is a crude oil tanker, flagged in Liberia. It was built in 2013 and has a capacity of 105,405 DWT tonnes.

AIS data shows the vessel departed Gladstone anchorage yesterday (Sunday 25 July) and is headed to Singapore.

At a meeting last week, the Paris MoU Committee approved the questionnaire for the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI to be carried out jointly with the Tokyo MoU. The CIC will check compliance with requirements for the prevention of air pollution from ships. It will be carried out from September to November 2018, and the questionnaire will be published in August.

Anticipating the new maximum limits for sulfur in ships fuel oil entering into force on January 1, 2020, the Paris MoU has also embarked on an information campaign which will begin with the issuing a “Letter of Warning” starting January 1, 2019 to encourage timely compliance. Secretary General Richard Schiferli stated that this will be a signal to the industry that port State control will take enforcement of the new sulfur limits seriously from “day one.”

The meeting also reviewed the CIC on Safety of Navigation, including ECDIS, which was carried out from September to November 2017. The general conclusion was that the results show a good overall implementation of the requirements on board the ships inspected, although voyage planning remains an area of concern. The campaign resulted in 47 detentions (1.2 percent) directly linked to the related safety of navigation requirements.

Positive results were recorded on the familiarity with the procedure of emergency operation of steering gear (99.4 percent), the transmitting of the correct particulars of AIS (99.3 percent) and the recognition of stages of remote audible alarm of BNWAS (98.6 percent). Least compliant were recordings on appropriate up to date electronic charts and back up arrangements (96.2 percent) and complete passage plan for the voyage berth to berth(96.3 percent).




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