A man believed to be from the Philippines went missing at sea while on board the "Galloway Express" en route to Townsville in north Queensland, triggering an investigation into possible foul play, on March 13, 2018. The family were not told for several days afterwards, The ship was chartered by Harmony Agriculture. The International Transport Workers Federation (ITWF) began investigations into the incident once informed by the family.
The delegation from the ITWF was frustrated by the length of time taken before they were allowed to board the ship in Townsville. The ITWF had called on Australian Federal Police to intervene in the case, as the Queensland police might not have correct jurisdiction to investigate on the Singaporean-flagged carrier. The AMSA swas aware of the report of a man overboard, having been advised by the ship's master on March 14 that this occurred en route to Australia. At the time, the ship was outside Australian waters in the Flores Sea, north of Timor.
A search was carried out by local authorities but was later suspended after no signs of the missing person were found.. The ship arrived in the Port of Townsville on March 20, where AMSA understood Queensland police and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers attended the ship upon its arrival. The ABF conducted routine 'first port boarding' procedures and assisted QPS with a vessel search. AMSA will attend the ship to conduct an unrelated livestock pre-loading inspection and check on the crew's welfare.
The "Leonidas K." was arrested by the First Hall of the Civil Court at Valletta on March 16, 2018, due to unpaid credit. The departure permission has been cancelled by the Harbour Master, until payments of credit together with legal expenses. The vessel remained stationary and under arrest at Valletta inner harbour as of March 24.
The cargo m/v "Xin Hai 78" allided with the "Toyo Peony" on March 20, 2018, at 4.20 p.m. in the port of Funabashi. The anchor chains of both vessels got entangled and subsequently, the chains came loose. The ships proceeded to Toyohashi after the accident.