A bulk carrier will not leave Newcastle Port after reports of a stand-off between senior officers and crew.

The crew of 20 Filipino of the K-Coral claim to have been intimidated and bullied by their captain and Korean senior officers.

There are reports of a recent attempted suicide of a crew member on the way to Newcastle and the crew had been given no counseling or support, however that has not been confirmed.

Another crew will likely be called in to sail a ship sitting at Newcastle Port after the current crew refused to allow it to leave.