Environmental time bomb
A ship was ordered off the berth, part loaded, following the discovery of cracks in her hull. She was moved to an anchorage in an environmentally sensitive area, which was subject to cyclone activity. Temporary repairs were undertaken. The ship was then detained by the local maritime safety agency. The ship owners could neither convince the agency to order, nor the berth operator to accept, the ship back onto the berth to complete loading.
Time was of the essence in order to get the vulnerable ship moved to a place of safety away from any cyclone activity. The ship owners retained a member of the Arundel Resolution team to resolve the deadlock among the various government and commercial interests, in consultation with the flag state and the classification society. As soon as an agreement was reached, the maritime safety agency lifted the detention order and issued an intervention order, enabling the ship to move to a place of safety.