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NewLead ship auction to close another ugly chapter of crew neglect

The NewLead Castellano bulk carrier, arrested in Massachusetts in April, is set to be auctioned off on August 8, bringing to an end another shameful story of crew neglect in the shipping downturn.

Greece’s NewLead Holdings finds itself wrapped up in a number of court cases. The Castellano was nabbed over a loan default while making a sugar delivery in the US.

It emerged the ship’s crew had not been paid for a number of months. The largely Filipino crew has been forced to stay onboard since April, but creditors have ensured food and water is ferried to the ship and a priest has come to the ship three times to perform Mass. Following the auction the crew are expected to be repatriated.

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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