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Wisdom Marine in hot water over repeated failure to pay crew

Wisdom Marine, a Taiwanese owner, was forced to stump up cash to pay crew on its bulker, Daiwan Justice, after the ship was impounded in New Zealand.

The ship was detained by Maritime New Zealand when it arrived at the port of Christchurch earlier this month after it was revealed that the crew onboard had not been paid for nearly four months. The ship was able to leave with its cargo once salary arrears had been paid.

This was not the first time the Taiwanese company has been in trouble in New Zealand, with another of its vessels, Daiwan Fortune, held for the same reasons last year.

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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