The Captain of chemical tanker, Tintomara has been removed from his ship amid allegations of poor working conditions and starving the crew on board.
The Liberian-flagged vessel has been detained in Gladstone, Australia, and the crew have been given money to buy food onshore. They have also been given accommodation in the local Mission to Seafarers office.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority detained the vessel after receiving complaints from the crew about the master and chief officer during a routine inspection. The complaints allege a culture of bullying, non-payment of overtime, long working hours and crew members claiming a lack of food has left them starving.
The crew of 26 includes seafarers from the Philippines, Bangladesh and India. The vessel arrived in Gladstone from New Orleans.
The vessel is owned by Celestial Bliss Investments and under the commercial management of Laurin Maritime and the technical management of Fareast Shipmanagement Hongkong. The website also states that the manning agency for officers is Shan Shipmanagement.