Bulk carrier DL MARIGOLD expelled from NZ, recognized biothreat, first time

Bulk carrier DL MARIGOLD with part of cargo of palm kernel expeller still on board was ordered to leave NZ Tauranga after Ministry for Primary Industries divers found dense clusters of barnacles and tube worms on the bulk carrier's hull and other underwater surfaces, says Newstalk ZB news outlet. The ministry understood the vessel would go to Fiji for cleaning. It would then return to New Zealand to finish discharging. It was the first time the ministry had ordered an international vessel to leave a New Zealand port for biofouling reasons.
New rules will require all international vessels to arrive in New Zealand with a clean hull from May 2018. Until then, the ministry can take action in cases of severe biofouling. Biofouling is when marine pests and diseases are brought in on vessel hulls. It is considered a threat to New Zealand's marine resources.
Vessel arrived in Tauranga on Mar 4 from Indonesia, left on Mar 5.

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