The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned a vessel from entering or using any port in Australia for 12 months, for the first time.
AMSA issued a directive to Indonesian-flagged container ship Red Rover banning it from entering into any Australian port for a year after being detained three times since September 2014 for Safety Management System failures.
The most recent detention was on 28 January 2015 in Fremantle, Western Australia
. All three detentions identified failings in the vessel’s Safety Management System, including a lack of effective passage planning and failure to use appropriate charts and publications.
This is the third vessel operated by PT Meratus Line (Company Number 0313623) which has been banned from accessing Australian ports
for a period of time. All three of these vessels repeatedly demonstrated they were not operating or being managed to meet applicable standards despite repeated advice by AMSA to take action to improve performance.
AMSA banned the MV Meratus Sangatta (IMO 9116797) earlier this month and the Territory Trader (IMO 8812899) in November last year, from entering or using any port in Australia for three months.
AMSA Chief Executive Officer, Mick Kinley, said Australia is a signatory to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and AMSA takes its responsibilities seriously to ensure compliance with all international safety conventions.