Turkish authorities question master who insulted Erdoğan

A Panamanian-flagged bulker, Salix, was forced to dock by the Turkish coast guard while it was transiting the Dardanelles yesterday after its Turkish master was reported insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in radio communication.

The coast guard ordered the captain to hand his duties over to the chief mate and to dock the ship on the north coast of Bozcaada.

Authorities claim the captain was reportedly intoxicated and has been questioned by a prosecutor.

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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