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Indonesian vessel barred from Australian ports for second time

Indonesian vessel barred from Australian ports for second time
The Australian authorities have barred the Indonesian general cargo vessel Noah Satu from the country’s ports for a second time in six months.

The Noah Satu owned by PT Anugerah Samudra Indomakur has been banned from entering Australian ports for 12 months to 2 February 2017 for multiple violations of international regulations. The vessel is on charter to Orica Singapore.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) barred the Noah Satu from the country’s ports for three months in September last year and has detained the vessel five times since August 2013 for deficiencies related to its equipment, its operations, its safety management system and non-compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention.

The vessel re-entered Australian waters on 26 January and subject to a Port State Control inspection in Port Alma. AMSA said the Noah Satu was again detained, due to failings in the vessel’s safety management system related to safe navigational practice, communications, pollution prevention arrangements, firefighting systems and hours of work and rest for the seafarers. The vessel also failed to comply with mandatory reporting requirements for the Great Barrier Reef.

“The performance of this vessel is completely unacceptable. Unsafe vessels put the lives of seafarers at risk and pose a threat to Australia’s marine environment,” said Mick Kinley ceo of AMSA.

“Operators and charterers of ships that repeatedly fail to meet Australian standards need to accept that these ships are not welcome in Australian waters.”