AMSA bans Barkly Pearl from Australian waters for two years

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned livestock carrier Barkly Pearl (IMO 9042295) from Australian waters for two years.

The penalty is AMSA’s most severe banning to date, impacting  the master and operator of the vessel. The Barkly Pearl was initially spotted on November 3rd 2020 travelling through Australia’s northern waters with a large hole in its hull.

AMSA issued an intervention direction which instructed the vessel to go to Geraldton – the nearest safe harbour. AMSA cited concerns at the structural integrity of the carrier, the potential threat of pollution to the marine environment and an immediate risk to the seafarers’ safety.

AMSA said that for the past two months its ship inspectors had worked with the vessel’s owner and operator to develop an appropriate repair solution. On January 7th the Barkly Pearl was loaded onto semi-submersible Heavy Load Carrier MV Falcon in order that it could depart Australian waters safely.

Before it left the Barkly Pearl was issued with a refusal of access direction notice, under the Navigation Act 2012. 

AMSA’s General Manager of Operations Allan Schwartz said this meant that the Barkly Pearl was banned from entering or using an Australia port for 24 months.

“This is a significant decision by AMSA. It’s the first time a vessel has been banned from Australian ports for this length of time and it will certainly affect the vessel’s commercial operations”, Schwartz said, adding that “the owners and operators of the Barkly Pearl were negligent in their maintenance of the vessel, put the lives of the seafarers on board at risk and posed an immediate threat to Australia’s marine environment.”

1993-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 5,375 gt Barkly Pearl is owned by Cattle Line One Pte Ltd care of Drako Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Global Radiance Ship Mgmt of Singapore. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Ocean Eight Shipping Pte Ltd.