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IMO is "concerned" about seafarers trapped in coal conflict between Australia and China

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) expresses concern about how long seafarers have been aboard dry bulkers off China loaded with Australian coal. "We have been in contact with the Chinese government about the situation," says IMO in a statement.

UN's maritime body IMO is "aware of the situation" of crews trapped on dry bulk ships loaded with Australian coal currently waiting off China.

Up to 74 dry bulk vessels loaded with Australian coal have been waiting off Chinese ports for months to unload their cargo, while China has blocked the import of coal from Australia.

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