Port Alma.
Port Alma.

Indonesian cargo ship banned for safety fail

AN INDONESIAN flagged cargo ship has been banned from entering any Australian port for three months. It was detained at Port Alma, a facility that is operated by Gladstone Ports Corporation.

It is the fourth time the 'Noah Satu' has been found to breach Australian standards since August 2013 in what authorities have described as "serious and repetitive failings" in the ship's operations.

Inspections revealed a raft of breaches including incorrect navigational charts, unacceptable safety equipment, inadequate food, poor record keeping and inappropriate passage planning.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority also found a repeated failure to comply with requirements for passing through the Great Barrier Reef and poor recording of oil and garbage management.

The ban was issued this week by AMSA, making the 'Noah Satu' only the fifth vessel ever to be banned under legislation that was introduced in July 2013.

AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said a ship that repeatedly failed to meet national standards was "not welcome in Australian waters".

"The unsafe operation of vessels poses an unacceptable risk to seafarers and the environment and AMSA treats any breaches of international shipping standards very seriously," Mr Kinley said.

Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Craig Doyle, whose organisation is not responsible for monitoring or enforcing safety standards, said it was uncommon for ships entering Australian waters to be banned.

"Australia has one of the highest standards of vessel vetting standards and most people know that so it doesn't happen often," Mr Doyle said.

The 'Noah Satu' which prior to 2012 was named the BBC Aramis left Hong Kong on August 17 and travelled through the Great Barrier Marine Park to reach Port Alma.

AMSA would not confirm whether the ship's owner and operator, two Indonesian owned companies PT Anugerah Sanudra Indomakur and PT Adnyana would face fines for the breaches.

In July this year the master and owners of a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier were fined $4300 for illegally dumping waste in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.