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‘A rusty ship with poverty wages’: Turkish vessel detained in Sweden

A 32-year-old Turkish general cargo ship has been held by Swedish authorities, amid concern about living conditions onboard and the fact the vessel is carrying explosives bound for the Middle East. The Whiskey Trio, owned by Istanbul-headquartered Trio Shipping, has been held at Varberg port since Friday.

A seafarer onboard had made contact with a Swedish trade union claiming he was unable to see a doctor despite being ill.

The Transportarbetareforbundet union on its website hit out at “a rusty ship with poverty wages”, which it claims is “laden with rockets and explosives”.

Authorities have since found multiple breaches of safety rules, notably in the areas of fire safety and safety and rescue equipment. Poor living conditions were also reported including out of date food and limited drinking water.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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