Arctic & Antarctica
Credit: Greenpeace International

Greenpeace: Antarctic Transhipment Vessels Failing Inspections

Fishing cargo vessels operating in Antarctic waters are failing a majority of their safety inspections, a Greenpeace International report claims.

The 26 refrigerated cargo vessels recorded transferring catch from fishing boats in the Antarctic in the period 2017-2019 had at least one environmental or safety deficiency in around 70 percent of cases – 119 out of 168 – in the same period, states the report Fishy Business.

11 of the vessels recorded MARPOL deficiencies. Safety of navigation and fire safety deficiencies were recurring problems, and 14 vessels recorded deficiencies associated with living and labor conditions.

In one case, the MV Uruguay Reefer reportedly carrying heavy fuel oil in Antarctic waters, struck an iceberg before later sinking in the South Atlantic. The owner disputes that the vessel was carrying heavy fuel oil at the time, and the case is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

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