GOLDEN GEMINI detained for loading illegal nickel ore, Philippines

Bulk carrier GOLDEN GEMINI was detained in Filipino waters off Cagdianao, Surigao area, Mindanao, on Oct 3, for allegedly, loading nickel ore supplied by Claver Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC), which was suspended from mining ore in August 2016. Company was mining nickel ore in Claver area. Vessel was boarded by joint team of officers of Coast Guard and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a barge loaded with ore was moored alongside bulk carrier at the time of boarding. Philippines Coast Guard statement didn’t say if there was any ore already loaded, and what’s the involvement of transporting company, manager or charterer. Situation with regards to vessel is unclear.

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