Legal dispute shuts down Bumi Armada FPSO

Offshore services firm Bumi Armada Berhad has had to shut down FPSO Armada Perdana at Nigeria’s Oyo field because of legal action. Lease operator Erin Petroleum Nigeria Ltd (EPNL) asserted in a notice to Bumi Armada that there had been an unspecified force majeure event. EPNL, a subsidiary of Houston-based Erin Energy, asked for an…

Court says that Equanimity was wrongly impounded

An Indonesian court ruled this week that luxury $250m yacht Equanimity, which had been linked by US investigating authorities to an alleged corruption scandal at Malaysian state fund 1MDB, was wrongfully impounded. Authorities seized the Cayman Islands-flagged yacht in Bali in February at the request of US authorities. The court has now ordered that it…

Knowing when it’s time to say goodbye: Notices of Abandonment

Brian Boahene and Sheridan Steiger of legal partnership Ince & Co have written on the recent case of Sveriges Angfartygs Assurans Forening (The Swedish Club) v. Connect Shipping Inc (MV Renos) [2018] EWCA Civ 230. Boahene noted that the Court of Appeal had upheld a lower court decision in a case that required the Court…

Singapore to auction off seized tug supply ship

Offshore tug supply ship Bheeman (IMO 7901954),which has been under arrest at Singapore since May 13th 2016, was put up for auction by tender on April 10th. Bids must be submitted in Singapore Dollars, together with a deposit of S$50,000 (US$38,200) and sent to the Sheriff’s Office, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore  to reach him…

Wise Honest detained by Indonesia

Bulk carrier Wise Honest (IMO 8905490) has been detained by the Indonesian authorities in the Makassar Strait near Balikpapan, Eastern Kalimantan. On April 2nd the ship was seen by authorities to be acting erratically, leaving shipping lanes and straying into Indonesian waters. Upon inspection the authorities found several detainable deficiencies, mostly regarding ship documents either…

Reporting Formalities Directive could harmonize ship reporting requirements

The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) early in May, with the aim of eliminating the current unharmonized reporting requirements for ships calling at EU ports. European shipowners (ECSA) and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have called on the EU to implement a European…

US Coast Guard eases the burden of marine casualty reporting

Gard has noted that fewer casualty reports and crew members completing drug and alcohol testing could be expected in the US from April 18th as the US Coast Guard has increased the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting marine casualties. The USCG published its final rule on March 19th, amending the monetary property damage…

MCA detention leads to £16,000 penalty in the courts

Lower Thames & Medway Passenger Boat Co. Ltd (LTMPB) and its sole director John Robert Potter of Tonbridge in Kent has been fined a total of £8,000 with another £8,000 costs after pleading guilty to operating an unsafe vessel. Duchess M was a small passenger vessel that was used to operate the Gravesend-to-Tilbury ferry service….

Ukraine arrests Seabreeze because of case against Pechera

Bulk carrier Seabreeze (IMO 8714009) has found itself caught up in a legal case against another vessel because she shares an operator. Seabreeze was arrested by Ukrainian Authorities upon arrival at Yuzhny, Odessa oblast, on April 4th because she was deemed to be a sister ship to dredger Pechera (IMO 8714009), both being operated by…

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