A CSL Group bulker prevented from docking in Panama due to anti-mining protests is seeking an alternative discharge port.

The temperature of the coal cargo on board the Canadian-controlled, 71,000-dwt CSL Tarantau (built 2013) has been rising since it had to abort a berthing in Punta Rincon on Thursday.

There has been no AIS update from the panamax ship since 18 November.

CSL told TradeWinds in a statement that the CSL Tarantau had been anchored off the coast of Colon since early November, with ongoing monitoring of the cargo temperature.

“Although the temperature has remained below the maximum advisable levels for coal loading and discharge, a recent increase has been noted over the last week,” the owner added.

“We’re eager to proceed with the planned discharge of cargo as soon as possible. Coal carriage procedures continue to be followed as per company requirements and international guidelines for the carriage of coal,” CSL said.

Relevant authorities have been advised of the situation and the vessel is now waiting at anchorage for an alternative discharge port, CSL added.

“Ensuring the safety of the 24 seafarers on board, the well-being of the local community, and the protection of the environment are our foremost priorities,” the company concluded.

The ship encountered violent protests last week.

Copper mining company Minera Panama, a subsidiary of Canada’s First Quantum Minerals (FQM), has been the focus of protests for more than two weeks over a controversial new contract with the government.

Fishermen have been blockading the terminal.

‘Illegal actions’

“The illegal actions carried out by small vessels in the port of Punta Rincon have affected the delivery of supplies that are required by Minera Panama, including for energy generation,” Minera Panama said.

The company said “the ship fully complies with all international safety regulations and its crew is safe”.

The Cobre Panama mine accounts for 1% of global copper production.

Demonstrators claim the new contract terms are too generous to FQM and allege corrupt practices in its approval. The company has denied the allegations.