Indonesian ship banned from Australian ports

Jakarta: The Indonesia-flagged container ship Territory Trader has been banned from entering or using any Australian port for three months by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Territory Trader (3,194 DWT, built 1991) has been excluded “a result of repeated detentions and a history of machinery and equipment malfunctions, and breakdowns,” AMSA said in a statement on Tuesday.

AMSA has detained the ship three times since July 2013.

The ship is currently under arrest in Cairns and is required to rectify the deficiencies identified during AMSA’s inspection before it departs. The vessel is a regular caller into Cairns, with 12 port visits so far this year.

“This vessel has a poor history of complying with international safety conventions in Australia and is known to transit the environmentally sensitive and highly protected Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait area,” AMSA's CEO Mick Kinley said. “For these reasons the vessel was considered high risk and a non-scheduled port state control inspection was undertaken.”

AMSA says the direction issued to the vessel was made under the Navigation Act 2012 and expires on February 18, 2015.

This is the second vessel banned from Australian ports since the country’s revised Navigation Act came into effect last year.[27/11/14]

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