Bulk carrier Diana (IMO 9550448) has been alleged by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to be underpaying Filipino seafarers who are effectively operating full time on the Australian coast.
Under coastal trading rules introduced in 2012, foreign crew must be paid award rates rather than international rates since Diana was working more than two domestic voyages in Australian waters.
Diana is owned by an Australian company, Canadian Shipping Lines (CSL) Australia. CSL has recently increased the use of foreign seafarers in coastal trades, replacing Australian crew, effectively undermining employment conditions and jobs on Australia’s coastal shipping routes, claimed ITF Australia Coordinator Dean Summers.
ITF Australia inspected the vessel in Melbourne, acting on a tip off.
Summers said that “CSL Australia has so far refused to sign an industrial agreement guaranteeing international minimum standards on its fleet of deregulated FOC (flag-of-convenience) vessels, Acacia, Adelie and Diana. “The ITF demands the government investigates these clear breaches of our trading laws immediately and prosecute the perpetrators”.
2010-built, Bahamas-flagged, 17.042 gt Diana is owned by Hull 2227 Shipping Ltd care of CSL Americas of Middleton, Massachusetts, USA. It is managed by CSL Australia PTY of Sydney, Australia and is entered with Standard Club (UK & Americas Division) on behalf of Hull 2227 Shipping Ltd.