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Panama wants IMO to help crews stranded in China and Australia's coal conflict

Panama is now asking the Secretary General of the IMO to step in and help the many seafarers stranded on up to 74 ships in Chinese waters. The ships have been at anchor for months outside the country's ports loaded with Australian coal, which China has blocked.

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Another country is now coming to the fore in the protracted conflict between China and Australia, where a Chinese blockade against Australian coal has resulted in a large number of dry bulk ships waiting off the country's ports loaded with coal.

Panama is asking the IMO and Secretary General Kitack Lim to intervene on behalf of the many seafarers caught on the up to 74 dry bulkers that have been at anchor off Chinese ports for months.

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