The Rena has been detained off Hay Point since June 6 with crew owed about $53,000.
The Rena has been detained off Hay Point since June 6 with crew owed about $53,000. Contributed

Hay Point coal ship banned from Australia

A SHIP that had been detained off Hay Point for a month has been banned from Australian waters completely.

Australia Maritime Safety Authority detained MV Rena after it moored off Hay Point. Inspectors boarded the ship acting on a tip-off and found serious breaches of safety and a crew that hadn't been paid for months. The ships owners reportedly owed the crew $54,000.

The ship has been banned for six months from Australian waters after it was revealed it was also previously detained while off Port Adelaide.

On 30 June AMSA received a complaint from the International Transport Workers Federation alleging the crew had not been paid their total wages for several months.

AMSA takes a strict approach to Port State Control in Australia, and these deficiencies were serious enough to warrant immediate detention of the ship at Hay Point.

The ship had also been detained by AMSA earlier this year in February at Port Adelaide for a number of serious deficiencies, including crew working excess hours.

The MV Rena remained detained at Hay Point for 29 days until AMSA and the vessel's flag state (Bahamas) received evidence that the crew had been paid their outstanding wages on 3 August.

AMSA's General Manger of Operations, Allan Schwartz, said the behaviour of the ship's owners gave AMSA considerable cause for concern but expressed appreciation to the Bahamas Maritime Authority for taking an active role in resolving the issues.

"The failure of the ship operator to ensure that the ship is effectively managed along with the repeated failures of the ISM Code and Maritime Labour Convention, is a clear indication the ship is not being operated to meet applicable minimum standards," Mr Schwartz said.

"The length of time taken to rectify the outstanding issues, particularly in relation to crew welfare, is completely unacceptable."

The ban will expire February 3.