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Highly vicous oil residues detected in non-approved tank
On Feb 22, 2017 the "Winter Bay", berthed in the fishing port of Rostock, became subject of a "Marpol 73/78" control by the water police Rostock. During the control of the engine room, approx. 800 liters of highly viscous oil residues were detected in a tank which was not approved as a storage tank. The 12 cbm tank was a non-used emergency cooling water tank for the main engine. The oil residues were presumably pumped into the tank by means of an illegal hose connection. The disposal of the illegally stored oil residues was ordered before the ship was allowed to leave port. A criminal complaint was filed against the 62-year-old Latvian 1st engineer responsible for the illegal storage of the oil residues in a tank which had not been approved for this purpose. In consultation with the prosecutor's office Rostock, a security deposit of 4000, - Euro was collected to secure the criminal proceedings. The ship left the port bound to Gdansk the same afternoon.
Whale meat cargo ship arrives in Japan via new Arctic route to avoid protesters
A cargo ship carrying 1,816 tons of whale meat from Iceland arrived in Japan’s Osaka port via the Arctic Ocean for the first time Sunday, after changing its conventional sea route via the Indian Ocean to avoid obstruction by anti-whaling groups. The ship, under the flag of St. Kitts and Nevis, brought whale meat equivalent to around 40 percent of Japan’s annual consumption. It triggered opposition from Greenpeace Japan, which said the whale meat amounted to 137 fin whales caught in Iceland last year. The fin whale is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, of which Japan is a member. People involved in the shipment said they aimed to make the Arctic Ocean route the main seaway to transport whale meat to Japan. Japan has traditionally used the sea route via South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope and the Indian Ocean to import whale meat from Iceland,but found it difficult to continue use of the route due to pressure from anti-whaling groups. The cargo ship left Iceland on June 4 and stopped at Tromso before leaving the northern Norway city’s port on Aug. 1. It then traveled through the Arctic Ocean accompanied by a Russian icebreaker. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/30/national/social-issues/whale-meat-cargo-ship-arrives-japan-via-new-arctic-route-avoid-protesters/#.VeQBGfmvG9INews schreiben