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Detained 'Handy Size' Bulker Remains Docked at Greenore Port

9th October 2015

#DetainedBulker - A 39,200dwt bulker is understood to remain under detention in Greenore having docked at the Co. Louth port at the end of last month, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The Maltese-flagged Cielo di Monaco, a 'Handy Size' open shaped hatch bulker which arrived from Sheerness, Kent was detained by Irish authorities on 30 September. It is also understood the vessel may have damage to its 180m long hull.

According to the Paris MoU, the 2014 built bulker is listed as detained by the organisation that aims to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships though a harmonized system of port state control.

Ireland is a member state of Paris MoU and carried out the detention of the bulker managed by d'Amico Dry, a subsidiary of the Italian owned d'Amico group, which also has a large product tankers fleet. The subsidiary is domiciled in Dublin and has charter operations based in other locations among them Monaco. 

A another bulker similar to the Cielo di Monaco, the 37,000dwt Cielo di San Francisco as previously reported on went aground on a Dublin Bay sandbank in 2013. The Italian flagged bulker was re-floated near the Kish Lighthouse. On that occasion the 2011 built vessel was making a maiden call to Ireland, firstly with an arrival to Cork's Ringaskiddy terminal.

Last month, Afloat reported that d'Amico Tankers Ireland Ltd had announced an order for the construction and sale of two 75,000dwt long-range product tankers. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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