Cambodians flee Chinese ship citing abuse

Four men returned to Cambodia on Sunday evening after escaping from a Chinese ship docked in the Philippines and contacting the Cambodian Embassy in Manila last week, the Cambodia Daily reports.

The seafarers claimed they had been abused, overworked and underpaid on the ship, the general cargo Blue Emperor 1 (11,889 dwt; built 2008).

A fifth Cambodian escaped from the ship on August 13.

According to Equasis, Blue Emperor 1 is run by Nanjing-based New Unite Marine, with the beneficial owner listed as the Chinese government.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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