The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is demanding that 20 seafarers stranded aboard the Hong Kong-flagged coal ship, Five Stars Fujian, be allowed to come ashore until a dispute is resolved.Read more
A foreign crew in Mackay has been denied basic rights such as access to food and has been forced to work without pay.
One crewmember aboard the Korean bulk carrier, the C. Summit, was found to have malnutrition and a further four have since left the ship claiming they feared for their lives.
There are concerns about the welfare of 21 Filipino seafarers aboard a flag-of-convenience bulk carrier berthed at Port Kembla after it was found the stores aboard the ship were severely lacking and none of the crew had been paid in four months.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has detained the ship, the Bulk Brasil, for serious breaches of the Maritime Labor Convention.Read more
New Zealand newspaper - Bay of Plenty Times - is reporting that the crew that was stranded on the Vega Auriga (the notorious ship that was banned from Australian ports) has been sent home to the Philippines. In August the Maritime Union of Australia, the International Transport Workers' Federation and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had all voiced concerns about the treatment of crew on Vega ships.