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ENGINE: Algoa Bay bunkering at a standstill as authority detains barges – sources

South African Revenue Service has detained five bunker barges at the Algoa Bay anchorage by Port Elizabeth over alleged illegal bunker operations, according to sources.

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has detained five bunker barges at the Algoa Bay anchorage by Port Elizabeth over alleged illegal bunker operations, multiple sources tell ENGINE.

This has suspended all bunker operations in Algoa Bay. Most of the booked stems have been cancelled, a source says. Two bunker suppliers in the bay have had their barges detained in the bay, two sources say.

Ships have been diverted to other nearby bunker ports, such as Durban, where the average waiting time for bunker-only calls is about 5-6 days now.

Bunker fuel availability is tight in Durban and also in Richards Bay further north on the South African coast.

In May 2022, bunkering was suspended for several weeks after an oil spill in Algoa Bay.

By Nithin Chandran

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Bernd Bölscher
Source: ENGINE
Published: 19 September 2023

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Vietnam: Two ships seized 30,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard arrested two ships with the numbers KG 95579 TS and KG 92976 TS about 130 nautical miles south-east of Hon Khoai island in Ca Mau province.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized 30,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Sunday (26 May) said it arrested two ships with the numbers KG 95579 TS and KG 92976 TS about 130 nautical miles south-east of Hon Khoai island in Ca Mau province.

A patrol boat belonging to the Coast Guard Region 4 Command discovered the ships on 22 May and ordered the vessel to stop for administrative inspections.

An initial investigation found the ships to be transporting about 30,000 litres of diesel oil with no documents proving its legal origin.

Vietnam: Two ships seized 30,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

According to the initial testimony of two captains, the oil was bought at sea without invoices and documents proving the legal origin of the diesel oil.

As such, the authorities made a record of administrative violations and escorted the vessels to the port of Squadron 422 port in Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang province, for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 30 May, 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker and cargo ship for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

Sierra Leone-registered cargo vessel was detained at 13.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar and a tanker registered from Comoros at south-east nine nautical miles, Tanjung Balau.

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Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker and cargo ship for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

The Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (22 April) said an oil tanker and a cargo ship were detained in two enforcement operations for anchoring illegally on 21 April.

Johor MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said both ships were detained by MMEA operational teams at different locations in Johor waters.

A Sierra Leone-registered cargo vessel that was detained at 11am at 13.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Penawar.

The second incident involved a tanker, registered in Comoros, at the south-east nine nautical miles, Tanjung Balau.

Malaysia: MMEA detains oil tanker and cargo ship for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

A tanker, registered in Comoros, was detained nine nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Balau

The detained cargo ship crew consisted of 15 Bangladeshi and Indonesian nationals, aged between 25 to 56, while the tanker was operated by 29 Indian, Pakistani and Iranian nationals aged between 21 to 54.

The captain and crew members were brought to the Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone for further investigation under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

Since 24 March 2021, a total of 297 merchant vessels were detained including 34 ships recorded for 2024 so far. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 24 April 2024

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Singapore: Chemical tanker “Green Land” placed under Sheriff’s arrest, boxship also detained

Ships including “Xin Xin Shan” were added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system; arrests were made on behalf of law firms PDLegal LLC and DennisMathiew.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged oil and chemical tanker Green Land was arrested in Singapore waters on Wednesday (17 April). 

The 46,136 DWT vessel was added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 3.30pm and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm PDLegal LLC. The ship is currently held at Global OM (Offshore & Marine) – Grid 3816C. 

No further details regarding the reason behind the arrest were provided in the list. 

China-flagged container ship Xin Xin Shan was also placed under Sheriff’s arrest at 12.10pm on 20 April.  The ship is currently held at Eastern Anchorage and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm DennisMathiew. 

 

Photo credit: Admiral Gulf / MarineTraffic
Published: 23 April 2024

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