Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the 1993-built livestock carrier
Barkly Pearl from entering Australian waters for 24 months, the longest ban the
AMSA has issued on a vessel.
The vessel was
initially found travelling through Australia’s northern waters with major
damage to its hull in November last year. It was then brought into the port of
Geraldton following a tense operation to get the listing ship to shore.
inspectors since then worked with the vessel owners and operators to develop an
appropriate repair solution, and the vessel was finally loaded onto the heavy
load carrier Falcon to safely depart Australian waters yesterday.
The ship is
controlled by Singapore-based Drako Shipping.
The Barkly Pearl
was issued with a refusal of access direction notice, forbidding the vessel
from entering or using an Australia port for 24 months.
First time a vessel banned from Australian ports for this length of
“This is a
significant decision by AMSA. It’s the
first time a vessel has been banned from Australian ports for this length of
time and it will certainly affect the vessel’s commercial operations,” said
AMSA’s general manger operations Allan Schwartz.
‘The owners and
operators of the Barkly Pearl were negligent in their maintenance of the
vessel, put the lives of the seafarers on board at risk and posed an immediate
threat to Australia’s marine environment,” Schwartz added