An increasing amount of New Zealand’s trade is carried by ‘flag of convenience’ ships – registered in Panama, Liberia and other third world countries – and crewed by people from low-wage nations. They commonly carry bulk cargo, and are not always well maintained. Wharfies at Dunedin’s Port Chalmers dived for cover in November 2003 when a crane aboard the Hong Kong-registered bulker Maritime Friendship collapsed while loading logs at Beach Street Wharf. It was the second incident reported on this rust bucket that week.
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Reference: 1 December 2005, p. 1
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