Bulk carrier detained at Antwerp’s Liberation Dock

The detention of bulk carrier Anhui (IMO 9861213) at Liberation Dock, Antwerp, Belgium has shone a light on the ongoing crew change crisis and the fragile nature of the current global supply chain, the International Transport Federation of Workers (ITF) has said.

The ship was detained in Antwerp in late January after it was found some of the crew – all of whom are Vietnamese – had been working for up to 21 months non-stop. All the crew were reported to have been working well beyond their contracts.

The ship’s cargo has now been discharged and reloaded onto a chartered vessel.

The two crewmembers who had been on the Anhui for the longest time were now at a hotel in Antwerp while local Vietnamese consular staff were trying to fix flights for all 20 crew members.

ITF inspector Marc Van Noten said that “in these coronavirus times, getting a crew home is really not easy. At the beginning of the pandemic there were sometimes embassy flights, but that too seems to have come to a complete stop.”

New crew for the Anhui were expected imminently.

2019-built, Panama-flagged, 24,332 gt Anhui is owned by Sun Advance Shipping SA care of manager Kobe Shipmanagement Co Ltd of Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Sun Advance Shipping SA.