Bulk carrier MOLAT stranded off Tauranga since Sep 6
Bulk carrier MOLAT with 23000 tons of palm kernel on board is banned from entering New Zealand port of Tauranga, and has been anchored off port since Sep 6. Writes Auckland Now:
Palm kernel extract (PKE) is a common import to New Zealand, and is used in animal feed on farms.
But this shipment was blocked from entering by the Ministry of Primary industries after it was discovered the palm kernel was sourced from an unregistered facility in Malaysia. MPI is currently in negotiations with the supplier.
The Molat left Port Klang in Malaysia on August 15 and the shipment, which has a current estimated spot price of about $250 a tonne, was worth about $5.75 million on the New Zealand market.