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Australia bans Chinese bulker for underpaying crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the 2010-built 93,200 dwt post panamax bulker TW Hamburg from Australian ports for 12 months due to the underpayment of the seafarers onboard the vessel.

During an inspection onboard the vessel, AMSA found evidence that the seafarers onboard the vessel had been underpaid. The total wages owned to the seafarers is about A$42,000 ($30,300).

Additionally, AMSA discovered that the quantity and quality of food provided was well below the standards required by the Maritime Labour Convention.

According to AMSA acting general manager operations Michael Drake, the issue constituted a serious breach of the Maritime Labour Convention which upheld the rights of seafarers to decent working conditions.

“Taking financial advantage and mistreating seafarers in this way is nothing short of exploitation by people in powerful positions.The majority of industry operators do the right thing by their seafarers, but for the few who do not – consider this a reminder that you will be held accountable,” Drake said.

The ship is owned by Chinese company Shanghai Run Yuan Shipping.

AMSA has received confirmation that the seafarers from TW Hamburg have now been paid their outstanding wages and have come ashore to be repatriated to their home country. The ship has departed Gladstone and will not be permitted to approach or enter an Australian port until July 29, 2021.

AMSA has banned 16 ships from Australian ports since 2014, the majority for failing to pay seafarers their wages on time and in full. Earlier this week, AMSA banned Greek bulker Agia Sofia for the same reason.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. At Chinese and Cuban ships it is normal to confiscate wages. At home, workers receive a ration card to buy low quality food. These countries are extremely poor, and people go hungry. On the other hand, many sailors try to desert from the ships, but their families would be punished and their professional licenses rescinded.

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