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Aussies detain bulk carrier found to be carrying high sulphur fuel

The African Heron, a four-year-old 34,387 dwt bulk carrier belonging to Amsterdam-based MUR Shipping, was detained in Geelong, Australia on Friday, found to be carrying fuel with sulphur content above 0.5%.

The fuel – banned onboard any non-scrubber fitted ship since March 1 – was one of three deficiencies spotted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority during a port state control inspection.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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