Foreign vessel called back to Shanghai after departing without approval
A British vessel which left Shanghai’s Yangshan Deep-Water Port without receiving approval from the port’s exit-entry frontier inspection station was called back and given a 30,000-yuan (US$4,469) fine, the station said Thursday.
It’s the station’s first case of calling back a large container ship leaving without approval in the past decade.
According to frontier inspection officers at Yangshan port, all loading and unloading work was finished in advance on Friday last week and the departure time of vessels was adjusted. However, the British vessel set sail for the port of Busan, South Korea, without making a declaration to the station or receiving a check from its officers.
The leaving vessel was noticed by frontier inspection officers, who filed a report with higher authorities. Under Chinese law, the vessel was ordered to return and undergo an investigation.
The person in charge of the vessel told officers said they hoped to complete their tasks as soon as possible and failed to declare to the station and conduct checks according to the rules.
The port has yet to decide on further punishment to the vessel.