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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reportedly detained a bulker carrier in Geelong for carrying high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) – in contravention of the IMO 2020 regulations.

According to a report published by Offshore Energy, the African Heron was detained on 1 May and released two days later after the non-compliant fuel was debunkered and the ship’s fuel system cleaned.

An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) spokesperson was quoted by Offshore Energy as saying: ‘The vessel was found to have non-compliant fuel oil on board with sulphur content above 0.5%. This is not permitted under the carriage ban on non-compliant fuel in Annex VI of MARPOL that came into effect on 1 March 2020.’



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