Seafarers stuck for months on vessels carrying Australian coal off China's coast are trapped between authorities who won't let them unload their cargoes and buyers who won't let them leave.
Worsening relations between Beijing and Canberra have stranded 74 vessels, about 8.1 million tons of coal, and an estimated 1,480 mariners off Chinese ports, according to an analysis of shipping data by Bloomberg. The original charterer of two of the vessels wants them to sail somewhere else to relieve the exhausted seafarers, but so far the traders who own the cargo won't agree.
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