Posted on July 13, 2018 by Hannah Berry
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have banned the bulk carrier MV Shandong Hai Wang from all Australian ports for a period of 12 months after finding evidence that the crew onboard were deliberately underpaid.
Surveyors from the AMSA boarded the Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier on the 7th July based on information received from the International Transport Workers’ Federation. The operation found significant evidence to indicate the crew had been underpaid by approx. 56,000 AUD (USD 41,366) when compared to their employment agreements.
The bulk carrier was immediately detained by authorities as it was found to be in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention whereby AMSA take a zero-tolerance approach to the exploitation of seafarers.
Allan Schwartz, General Manager of Operations at AMSA issued a statement to clarify the organisations’ stance on the situation:
“The international conventions that protect seafarers’ rights are very clear,this is the fourth time in the last year that a ship has been banned from Australian ports for underpaying crew.”
“Ships visiting Australian ports are put on notice. The next ship we find deliberately and repeatedly underpaying its crew and attempting to deceive authorities, can expect an even more severe penalty than that handed to the Shandong Hai Wang.”
The latest information released from the AMSA has indicated that the crew have now received the balance of their wages and subsequently the MV Shandong Hai Wang has been released from where it was detained.