Rio Tinto interferes following the detention of bauxite ship by Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021

   The Australian authorities have detained a ship engaged to transport bauxite from Rio Tinto's operations on Cape York for revealing its crew to awful conditions including food and water shortages.

  Rio Tinto interferes following the detention of bauxite ship
  The Movers 3 is one of two Aswan Shipping carriers under detention in Australia for multiple breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention.
  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) inspected the Panama-flagged bulk carrier in the previous month discovered a defective freezer.
  Allan Schwartz, Executive Director of operations, AMSA, said:  "That was resulting in unsafe and insufficient food stores for crew and dwindling freshwater supplies."
  “Aswan Shipping had displayed ‘continued reluctance’ to address food shortages and its health and safety obligations towards the crew, prompting Rio Tinto to step in”, he added.
  Movers 3 arrived in Weipa, North Queensland with 22 crews but the cook petitioned to be repatriated on arrival and scouting is underway for a replacement.
  Rio Tinto in a statement said: “The ship had been chartered by one of its customers to transport bauxite to China.”
  "The welfare of the crew is Rio Tinto's primary concern," the company said.
  "We have provided fresh provisions to ensure the health of the crew while we work with authorities and our customers to have the ship-owner address issues raised by AMSA."

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