German-Owned Bulk Carrier Detained in Australia Over MLC Breaches

Australian authorities have detained the Liberian-registered bulk carrier Anna-Elisabeth has been detained after its crew complained of insufficient food, bullying, and denial of shore leave, the International Transport Workers’ Federation reported Thursday. The ITF said it received the complaints on Monday, March 25, as the German-owned ship was berthed at the Port Kembla … [Read more...]

ILO Adopts New Minimum Monthly Wage for Seafarers

A Subcommittee of the Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) of the International Labour Union has agreed on a Resolution raising the minimum monthly wage for seafarers. The mechanism agreed to is the only one in the International Labour Organization (ILO) that sets the basic wage for any industry. Under the Resolution, the minimum monthly basic wage figure for able seafarers … [Read more...]

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier for One Year for Underpaying Crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Shandong Hai Wang for 12 months after it was discovered that crew had been deliberately underpaid. AMSA received information from the International Transport Workers’ Federation on 6 July 2018 alleging discrepancies in the payment of crew wages. Surveyors boarded the ship on … [Read more...]

Australia Bans Cargo Ship Over Maritime Labour Convention Violations

Australia has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from its ports for three months due violations of international crew welfare laws after the operator failed to pay crew wages in full and on time, in addition to other detainable deficiencies. MSC Kia Ora is operated by Vega-Reederei, the same company which operated the Vega Auriga, which AMSA banned over … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Banned from Australia After Caught Underpaying Crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Panama-flagged bulk carrier DL Carnation from entering Australian ports for one year after the vessel was caught underpaying crew wages. The AMSA was first alerted to the offense on September 8 when it received a complaint via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment … [Read more...]