AMSA orders Chinese owners to repatriate 9 crewmembers on board
Tianjin Shun Xin Yuan Shipping has been requested by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to repatriate nine crew members who have been on board the Brio Faith general cargo vessel for more than 12 months.
During an on-board inspection of the ship in Port Alma, AMSA discovered that three crew had been on-board for more than 12 months, four for more than 16 months and two for more than 20 months.
AMSA rejected the owner 's proposal to keep the seafarers on board until Shanghai, the next stop, and issued a notice banning the departure of the ship until all nine seafarers were repatriated.
These seafarers are now going to Brisbane to fly home on international flights.
“Seafarers are keeping the world’s international shipping industry and economy going – they are critical. It should be every operator’s and owner’s highest priority to ensure the welfare of their seafarers, and safety of their operations is maintained. 20 months on board with no leave is completely unacceptable and will lead to increased risk of accidents,” stated Greg Witherall, AMSA operations north manager.
Maritime Business World