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New Zealand expels dirty Korean bulker

A South Korean bulk carrier has been kicked out of New Zealand for having a dirty hull.

The DL Marigold, owned by South Korea’s Daelim, was delivering a cargo of palm kernel at the port of Tauranga during what was meant to be a nine-day stay in New Zealand when divers discovered the ship’s hull had large amounts of barnacles and tube worms on its hull. The ship was expelled because of its severe biofouling and is now headed to Fiji for hull cleaning before it plans to return to New Zealand to finish offloading its cargo.

“The longer the vessel stayed in New Zealand, the greater chance there was for unwanted marine species to spawn or break away from the ship,” an official commented.

This is the first time New Zealand, a country famous for its tough attitude to preserving its pristine nature, has kicked out a ship for biofouling – plenty more vessels could follow suit however. New rules will require all international vessels to arrive in New Zealand with a clean hull from May 2018. Until then, officials can take action in cases of severe biofouling.

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.


  1. Umm. No doubt the voyage to Fiji and back will do nothing to reduce the population of copra beetle in the holds, and there may be scope for a nice discussion about the charter party, but this is really “quite a new thing”. There will be many in the industry who will be quite unaware that a foul hull could have such severe financial consequences.

  2. We need to introduce a ‘Like’ button for comments like that, welcome back Andrew!

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