7 Jun 2005

Marshalls court orders arrest of two key cargo ships over unpaid port dues

5:53 pm on 7 June 2005

Shipping services in the central Pacific are at risk of being delayed after the arrest of two ships in the Marshall Islands.

A high court judge in Majuro, Richard Hickson, has issued arrest warrants against two vessels of the PM&O line for owing almost 350,000 US dollars in cargo, dock and handling charges.

The ships are owned by to Panamanian-registered and a Japanese company and chartered by PM&O Lines.

The two vessels, the Micronesian Navigator and the Micronesian Nations, supply central Pacific countreis with goods from Asia and the US.

PM&O Lines is the only cargo company docking in the state of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia.