Shocking conditions revealed onboard Turkish ship detained in the UK

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has revealed shocking details onboard of a ship detained in the UK for the past three months.

The 25-year-old Turkish-controlled general cargo ship Tahsin has been held at Sharpness Docks amid claims “modern day slavery” conditions were found onboard.

It has been alleged the crew were not paid their wages, and authorities also found crewmembers living off sea water and out-of-date food.

AoS has provided an on-call service to the men, both to the original crew who left in mid-June and the replacement crew who remain onboard.

The ship is owned by Istanbul-based Voda Denizcilik.

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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