Australia Bans Hong Kong LNG carrier From Australian Waters

Australia as part of its focus on maritime safety reports it took the step to ban from its waters an LNG carrier.

The warning has been given by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on December 23 with an expiring date on June 20th, 2024.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a 180-day ban to the Hong Kong-flagged LNG carrier Cesi Qingdao from Australian waters.

The ship was detained in Gladstone in November, “following a vessel blackout which caused major disruptions at the Port of Gladstone,” as AMSA said in its statement earlier today.

For several weeks, AMSA worked with the master and operator whilst extensive repairs to the ship were carried out.

Notably, four generators required repairs, only one of which was repaired after being completely rebuilt under the supervision of the engine manufacturers. The vessel was towed overseas to China for repairs.

“The response of the master and ship managers throughout the repair process necessitated stronger compliance action from AMSA,” the regulator mentioned.