Prior to this banning, the ship was detained in Melbourne, after an AMSA port State control (PSC) inspection identified serious defects with the watertight integrity of the ship’s cargo hatches, main engine, and safety equipment.
AMSA Inspectors identified a long list of defects and while the seafarers onboard had taken steps to maintain the ship, they appeared to have insufficient support from the ship’s management to ensure it met minimum international standards.
These defects have resulted in an elevated risk to the health and safety of the seafarers on board, and the Australian coastal environment.
This is the second time the Big Lilly has been detained this year, following the identification of 23 serious deficiencies in May, seven of which warranted detention.
These deficiencies were not all adequately rectified, despite an agreed rectification action plan from the operator.
The ship's operator, V Ships Greece, has a poor record recently, with a detention rate of 16% compared to 6% for all foreign vessels. They were identified as a poor-performing operator after the first detention of the Big Lilly in June 2023.
The identification as a poor performer puts the company on notice to take positive steps to bring their ships into compliance.
The UAE Federal Maritime Administration (FMA) represented by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure on 19, 20, and 22 September 2023 issued three circulars informing about banning four ships from UAE ports and waters.
The UAE Federal Maritime Administration has made the decision to prohibit the vessel BARAKAALE from entering UAE ports and waters, including its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), due to its involvement in the following violations:
Anchoring within UAE waters without obtaining the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.
Deactivating the Automatic Identification System (AIS) without providing a valid explanation to the competent authorities.
Details of the ship:
IMO Number: 9166948
Ship Type: Oil Tanker
Date and Place of Construction: Japan - 1997
Ship Owner: Red Sea Petroleum & Shipping Inc.
Ship Manager: Red Sea Petroleum FZC
The UAE Federal Maritime Administration prohibited the vessel FRANKLIN 1 from accessing UAE ports and waters, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), due to:
Engaging in AIS Spoofing, which involves manipulating Automatic Identification Systems broadcast signals.
Anchoring in UAE waters without obtaining the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.
Details of the vessel:
Vessel Name: FRANKLIN 1
Flag: St Kitts & Nevis
IMO Number: 8358128
Vessel Type: Oil Tanker
Date of Construction and Place: China - 2004
Owner: Apex Shipping Inc. (Marshall Islands)
Manager: Al Thahab Marine Services L.L.C.
LUCKY STAR and LUCKY MOON
UAE also prohibited entry to UAE ports and waters, including the EEZ, for the vessels known as LUCKY STAR (formerly Mazaya 5) and LUCKY MOON (formerly SSR 1). This action has been necessitated by their repeated violations, which include:
Engaging in illicit STS petroleum product operations within UAE waters.
Deactivating the Automatic Identification System (AIS) without appropriate justification to the relevant authorities.
Anchoring within UAE waters without obtaining the requisite approvals from the competent authorities.
Vessel Name: LUCKY MOON (formerly SSR 1) Flag: Panama (previously Comoros) IMO Number: 6605711 Ship Type: Supply Ship Ship Owner: SSR Fuel Supply Services Corporation
The UAE Maritime Administration also issued a warning to all maritime companies and agents, advising against engaging with the aforementioned vessels in UAE waters and ports to avoid potential legal repercussions.