The Panamanian flag bulk carrier DL Marigold, 33,752 dwt, was ordered by the New Zealand authorities from both New Zealand and Fijian waters after dense fouling of barnacles and tube worms had been found on the ship’s hull.
“The longer the vessel stayed in New Zealand, the greater chance there was for unwanted marine species to spawn or break away from the ship. So, we had to act quickly,” said Steve Gilbert, New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries’ (MPI) Border Clearance Director.
“The ship won’t be allowed back until she can provide proof that she has been thoroughly cleaned.” This is the first time an international ship has been ordered to leave a New Zealand port because of biofouling.
From May next year, new rules will require all international vessels arriving in New Zealand to have a clean hull.
The DL Marigold arrived in Tauranga from Indonesia on Mar 4 to unload palm kernel, and would have been in New Zealand waters for nine days.