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...]

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...]

MT Sea Emperor Crew Unpaid, Without Warm Clothing Off UK

Seafarers on board a ship held at Fawley Port in the UK were found to be without warm clothing for days and their wages unpaid for three months, according to the Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic charity based in Great Britain. The Marshall Islands-flagged chemical tanker, Sea Emperor, was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on January 28 due to various … [Read more...]

IMO: New Rules to Protect Financial Security of Seafarers

New amendments entering into force this week under the IMO's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) seeking to protect the financial security of seafarers by requiring shipowners to obtain mandatory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. "These amendments, which will provide better protection for … [Read more...]