BHP and BlueScope to sink local crews after 17 years

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 17 : 16-Jan-19

The Maritime Union of Australia has criticised BHP and BlueScope Steel for opting against renewing contracts to charter two iron ore bulk carriers. The vessels are used to ship iron ore from BHP’s mines in the Pilbara to BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks; a BHP spokesman says the contracts are a legacy of BlueScope’s spin-off in 2002. The ships were the last two iron ore vessels to be manned by Australian crews. The MUA says the crews will be replaced by low-paid foreign workers.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, TEEKAY SHIPPING CORPORATION

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