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Arrested bulk carrier allowed into port after a month at anchorage

After over a month spent at anchorage, the detained bulk carrier DST Oslo (74,500 dwt, built 1999) has been allowed to berth at the port of Marghera in Venice, Italy.

The 22 crew onboard the panamax have survived for the past month on donations from the Stella Maris’ Friends charity for seafarers, which is based at the port of Venice, and help from the local pilots’ association, reports say.

The Port Authority of Venice has reportedly been actively involved in checking on the seafarers’ health, food and medicine reserves and technical equipment since March 24, when the ship arrived at the anchorage.

The repatriation process has begun for the crew, who are mainly Filipino nationals. The fate of the DST Oslo is unknown, but latest AIS data shows it is laden, having taken on cargo at the Port of Salvador, Brazil, duing the first week of February.

The Panama-flagged vessel was arrested for debts owed by its owner. Equasis names the vessel’s beneficial owner as Fearnley Business Management via registered owner Atlantic Panamax 2 AS, which is incorporated in Oslo. A Fearnley employee told Splash today “it’s not one of ours”.

Splash has contacted Thessaloniki-based DST Shipping, the vessel’s commercial manager, for comment but has not yet received a response.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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