Bulk carrier banned from Australian ports for 12 months

Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Shandong Hai Wang (IMO 9591557) has been banned from Australian ports for 12 months after it was discovered that its crew had been deliberately underpaid, according to local reports. The ban was issued after Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) surveyors found evidence on board the ship that crew had been deliberately underpaid by about AUD56,000 (US$41,366) from the amount specified in their seafarer employment agreements.

The bulker was boarded by AMSA’s surveyors on July 7th following a tip from the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of crew wages.

AMSA immediately detained the ship for breaching the Maritime Labour Convention.

It is the fourth time in the past 12 months that a ship has been banned from Australian ports for underpaying crew.

AMSA said that all outstanding wages had now been received by the crew and the ship released from detention.

2014-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 41,605 gt Shandong Hai Wang is owned by Minsheng Jiahe Tianjin Shipping, care of Huayang Maritime Centre (HMC) of Beijing, China. Manager is Shandong Shipping Corp of Shandong, China, and ISM manager is Qilu Ship Management Co Ltd of Shandong, China. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Contact Hong Kong) on behalf of Minsheng Jiahe (Tianjin) Shipping Leasing Co Ltd.