Australian authorities have banned an Aswan Shipping bulker from its waters for 18 months after a two-month detention.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the 91,800-dwt bulker Movers 3 (built 2002) in early March by for failing to carry out important regular surveys of the ship, and for what was described as “appalling working and living conditions” on board.

AMSA deputy chief executive officer Sachi Wimmer said Aswan Shipping had shown a “complete disregard” for its obligations to provide decent working and living conditions for its seafarers.