Australia bans Movers 3 from Australian ports

Australian maritime authority AMSA has banned bulk carrier Movers 3 (IMO 9250244) from entering Australian ports for 18 months following mechanical and survey issues that have not been resolved.

The vessel had been detained at anchor off Weipa, northern Queensland, for failing to carry out important regular surveys of the ship, and for poor working and living conditions onboard.

Following the replacement of ship parts and updated ship surveys the vessel was released from detention on April 29th, but with an immediate 18 months ban from entering Australian ports.

AMSA deputy CEO Sachi Wimmer said that manager Aswan Shipping had shown a disregard for its obligations to provide decent working and living conditions for its seafarers. She added that Aswan had failed to ensure that its ships were maintained so that they were safe for the crew and Australia’s marine environment.

“Ship operators like Aswan Shipping are not welcome in Australian waters,” Wimmer said. She claimed that Aswan’s neglect had resulted in a difficult two months for the seafarers on Movers 3.

Another of Aswan Shipping’s ships, bulk carrier Maryam (IMO 9272864), remains under detention in Port Kembla for similar issues after being inspected by AMSA in February.

As of May 1st Movers 3 was at anchor of the West Coast of Northern Queensland, while as of May 2nd the Maryam was at anchor at Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia..

2002-built, Panama- flagged, 52,989 gt Movers 3 is owned by M3 Trading & Maritime Trans care of manager Aswan Shipping Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with London Club on behalf of M3 Trading & Maritime Transportation Co Inc.

2004-built, Panama-flagged, 52,868 gt Maryam is owned by Maryam Trading & Maritime care of Aswan Shipping Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Maryam Trading & Transportation Co Inc.