As Shipowners Slash Costs, Some Crews Are Left Behind

By Keith Wallis (Reuters) Unpaid, underfed, and thousands of miles from home on a rusting tanker, captain Munir Hasan says he is a victim of a shipowner who has slashed costs in the face of an eight-year shipping downturn.  Marooned on the medium-sized tanker Amba Bhakti that is moored close to Shanghai and is in urgent need of repair, Hasan claims he and his crew of … [Read more...]

Hong Kong Group To Help Abandoned Crew

By Keith Wallis (Reuters) The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on Thursday called on the city's authorities to provide assistance to the crew of the bulker M/V Five Stars Fujian, a Hong Kong-flagged coal ship off the east coast of Australia that is running out of food and fuel.  It was reported this week that the Five Stars Fujian, a 180,000 deadweight tonne … [Read more...]

Australia: Bulker Crew Remains Stranded Without Food In Australia

by Joshua Robertson (TheGuardian) The Chinese coal ship crew who were left without enough food, wages, or fuel for their return voyage to China remain in limbo off Australia’s east coast. The Five Stars Fujian has been detained off Gladstone, on the central Queenslandcoast, by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority since Friday, when inspectors confirmed … [Read more...]