Vanuatu bans hull cleaning

VANUATU’S maritime regulator has banned all international vessels from carrying out underwater hull cleaning in its waters.

The regulator, Kembro Manderson, said a survey had been carried out by the Department of Fisheries which discovered five non-native marine species in Port Vila harbour.

Mr Manderson said his office was concerned that more non-native marine species may have been introduced since it had been set in 2017

He said there was a risk that such non-native species may be harmful to Vanuatu’s marine life.