Seatrade Marine News on 2nd August reported that Win More Shipping has filed documents charging that the Hong Kong Marine Department (Mardep) had failed to demand the return of the 11,253 dwt Hong Kong-flagged product tanker Lighthouse Winmore and that this was illegal. Win More further alleged that Mardep had also failed to write to the UN to ask for the ship’s release, even though the company had explained that it was innocent. It is claimed that South Korean authorities were willing to release the ship “if the (UN) committee decides, on a case-by-case basis and upon the request of the flag state, that adequate arrangements have been made to prevent the vessel contributing to future violations”. Win More claimed that Mardep planned to deregister its vessel because Bureau Veritas had withdrawn its class certification, which the company added, the classification society in turn had done because it feared the allegations against Win More would hurt its reputation and business. The 2014-built vessel was seized and inspected by South Korean authorities on November 24th, when it returned to the port of Yeosu after returning from a voyage it was supposed to have made to Taiwan, for allegedly transferring 600 tonnes of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessel Sam Jong 2 in international waters in the Yellow Sea in late October.
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