Panama flag faces flak as biosecurity authorities in Fiji ban dirty bulker

The Panama flag is now facing scrutiny as a dirty ship, expelled from New Zealand earlier this week, has also been barred from entering Fiji waters.

Officials in New Zealand demanded the DL Marigold, owned by South Korea’s Daelim, leave immediately when divers found extreme biofouling on the ship’s hull while the ship was unloading a cargo at the port of Tauranga. The ship then sailed for Fiji for a planned hull cleaning with the intention of returning to New Zealand to finish offloading its cargo of Indonesian palm kernel.

However, the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has now banned the ship from calling, fearful that its barnacle strewn hull might contaminate local waters.

The ship is now stranded halfway to Fiji, awaiting new orders from its owner.

The ship is flagged in Panama and shipping database Equasis states it was last inspected in November.


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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