In accordance with Paris MoU, two more vessels were detained at the port of Sitia on 22nd February 2018.
The vessel ‘Blue Moon I’ was refused access to the Paris MoU region in port of Sitia (Greece) on 22 February 2018. This is the third detention occurring in the Paris MoU region in the last 36 months. The ship was banned since it was flying under the flag of Togo, which is blacklisted on the Paris MoU WGB list.
Under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU, Article 16 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC, the ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except at a port and anchorage of the ship’s flag State. This refusal of access will become applicable immediately after the ship is authorized to leave this port and anchorage.
As this is the first refusal to access order the period of the refusal of access will be 3 months. The attention is drawn to the provisions of Section 4.4 of the Paris MOU, Article 21.6 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC1, which allows access to a specific port and anchorage in the event of force majeure or overriding safety considerations, or to reduce or minimize the risk of pollution or to have deficiencies rectified, provided that adequate measures to the satisfaction of the competent authority of such State have been implemented by the company or the master of the ship to ensure safe entry.
Another vessel banned
On 4th April, another vessel ‘M/V Sunshine’ was also refused access to the Paris MoU region and was detained at the port of Kalymnos, Greece. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region in the last 36 months. However, the ban on ‘M/V Acorus’ has been lifted and is now allowed access into the Paris MoU ports.
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Source: Paris MOU