A Panama-flagged bulk carrier operated by Taiwanese company Wisdom Marine International Limited was detained by national regulatory Maritime NZ on Saturday (2 March 2019) at Lyttelton after a complaint of the crews’ wages not being paid for almost four months.
The Daiwan Justice was later released on the same day after the crew were paid.
“We acted on information provided to us by the International Transport Workers' Federation,” said Maritime NZ Southern Regional Compliance Manager Michael Vredenburg.
A Maritime Officer went on board the vessel to investigate. The Maritime Officer interviewed the ship’s master and crew, inspected documents and found evidence that the crew had not been paid.
When confronted with the evidence the ship’s master admitted the wages had not been paid. The Maritime Officer then took immediate action to detain the vessel.
“Maritime NZ applies maritime law irrespective of the ‘flag’ of the ship and the nationality of the crew,” adds Vredenburg.
Maritime NZ also detained Daiwan Fortune, another Wisdom Marine International ship, in 2018 due to unpaid crew wages.
The regulator is now considering what compliance actions it may take against Wisdom Marine International.
Photo credit: Maritime NZ
Published: 7 March, 2019
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