TWO people were arrested in Yamba after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority boarded and detained the Australian-flagged MV Tomin.
AMSA boarded the vessel after receiving information that the vessel had arrived from the Solomon Islands without the required certification.
Finding the vessel to be “unseaworthy, substandard and a threat to the marine environment”, AMSA detained the vessel.
With the assistance from New South Wales Police, the vessel’s owners were arrested on board and charged the Commonwealth Navigation Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment or a fine of $126,000 or both.
A statement from AMSA said inspectors found what appeared to be structural leaks and oily waste inside the vessel, noting that vessels the size of MV Tomin can carry large amounts of engine oi and fuel, which can damage the environment if not properly managed.