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German bulker detained in Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has detained a German bulker at Port Kembla after crew aired their grievances about working conditions onboard.

Crew on the Anna-Elisabeth, owned by Hamburg-based Blumenthal JMK, complained to a local transport union about inadequate food and shore leave.

“The complaints relate to insufficient food supplies aboard the ship and mistreatment of the crew,” an AMSA statement read.

Investigations are ongoing with the ship barred from leaving the port.

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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