Tuna Vessel Operator Convicted for Oil Discharges Off American Samoa

An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced today for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the…

India: Port State Control and Flag State Inspection standards in place

A positive note: The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a notice implementing standards for Port State Control (PSC) and Flag State Implementation (FSI) inspectors. Owners / Managers welcome this new move which will greatly improve the PSC experience in the country. Click on below image to download relevant document. Source: India Directorate General of Shipping.

Measures to improve compliance of Cyprus-flagged ships calling at US ports

The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) has issued a circular to owners, operators and managers of Cyprus-flagged ships regarding measures to reverse the increasing trend of Cyprus ships being detained at US ports. The DMS has noted a continuous increase in the number of Cyprus-flagged ships being detained at US ports, despite its measures…