Chinese-owned bulk carrier chartered to carry coal to Korea has been detained
at the Port of Gladstone after crew members reported they were owed tens of
thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
inspector from the International Transport Workers’ Federation boarded the
Panama-flagged Fortune Genius when it docked in Gladstone on September 5,
finding eight crew members from Myanmar who had been underpaid $8,000 dollars
each during the past six months, totaling $64,000.
Crew bullied into working excessive
hours without paying for them
reported that they had been bullied and forced into working excessive hours for
which they weren’t paid and asked for assistance with being repatriated to
Myanmar due to concerns for their safety if they remained on the vessel.
also located fraudulent documentation, including two sets of books, which had
been used to conceal the wage theft and breaches of the Maritime Labour
After ITF inspection, Australian
Maritime Safety Authority detained the vessel
As a result
of the ITF inspection, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority detained the
vessel, commencing a full audit of the ship.
Bulker owned by the China-based Marine
Fortune Union Company
is owned by the China-based Marine Fortune Union Company, managed by subsidiary
New Fortune Genius Management Limited, and had been chartered by Korean company
Five Ocean Corporation to transport coal from Gladstone to Taean.
“We carried out an inspection of the Fortune Genius as soon as it
docked in Gladstone because the owner has previously been found in breach of
the Maritime Labour Convention, which every shipping company in Australian
waters needs to adhere to,” Matt Purcell, ITF assistant coordinator, said.
ITF to work
with AMSA and get the outstanding wages paid
“We will be working with AMSA and the ship owner to ensure they are
paid their outstanding wages and repatriated to Myanmar before the vessel is
allowed to leave Gladstone.