Hapless bulk carrier DL MARIGOLD turned into ghost ship, banned from Fiji
The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) banned hapless bulk carrier DL MARIGOLD from entering Fiji waters, considering vessel as a bio threat, which may contaminate Fiji’s waters. Vessel’s operator was duly informed on ban. As of Mar 7, vessel stopped and has been drifting halfway between Northern Island NZ and Fiji, waiting for new orders. How big is the risk of bio contamination, or just how real, is actually, unknown. For centuries merchant vessels with foul underwater hulls have been plying the waters around the globe, and somehow, planet survived. What made such vessels, all of sudden, so dangerous, is anyone’s guess. What is it exactly humankind wants from shipping? To carry goods by sterile clean vessels, which don’t use fuel, which are manned with non-smoking crews, and flagged by any flags except FOC? Or in other words, does humankind want goods, or pristine waters and saints to run shipping? Everything comes at a cost, there must be some limits somewhere, dictated by common sense.
Previous news: https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2017/17455/bulk-carrier-dl-marigold-expelled-nz-recognized-bi/