Liberia-flagged Ship Detained Over Allegations of Mistreatment of Crew

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The chemical tanker Tintomara in 2015. Image Credit: Marcel Coster/vesselfinder.com

According to a report by Gregory Bray and Andrew Thorpe of The Gladstone Observer, on February 23, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the chemical tanker Tintomara and removed its chief officer from the ship at QAL’s South Trees wharf near Gladstone due to allegations of underpayment and poor working conditions.

Members of the 26-person crew spoke to The Observer at the Mission to Seafarers headquarters at the Gladstone Marina.

Officials from the AMSA were undertaking a general inspection of the ship when members of the crew raised complaints about their treatment at the hands of their captain and chief officer.

The complaints allege a culture of bullying, non-payment of overtime, long working hours and crew members losing weight due to the lack of food.

The Observer understands the AMSA has now detained the ship, a flag of convenience tanker flying the Liberian flag, until its owner either removes the captain and chief officer or flies the crew home to their respective countries.

The Tintomara’s crew is made up of sailors from the Philippines, Bangladesh and India.

It arrived in Gladstone several days ago from New Orleans, transporting caustic to QAL.

The Observer understands the tanker is likely to remain in port for some time while an investigation takes place. Members of the crew have been given cash and are now in Gladstone buying food.

The Observer understands the tanker is likely to remain in port for some time.

Source: The Gladstone Observer

Sea News, February 26