Oldendorff, Golden Ocean and Star Bulk still have ships waiting off China: "Completely unprecedented"

Major dry bulk carriers such as Star Bulk, Oldendorff and Golden Ocean have for months had ships loaded with Australian coal idled off China. The situation is completely unprecedented, Star Bulk president tells ShippingWatch, while Golden Ocean is now able to change the crew on board a single vessel.

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Golden Ocean, Star Bulk and Oldendorff are just some of the major shipping companies that have now had ships caught in the conflict between China and Australia, which has caused loaded dry bulkers to queue up off the coast of China.

The ships are laden with Australian coal, which China has refused to accept since the beginning of summer - causing the ships to come to a standstill. On board are seafarers that have long since exceeded their contracts.

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