Turkish seafarer awaits deportation after jumping ship in Australia

A Turkish seafarer was caught and detained by police last week after he failed to return from shore leave at the Australian port of Gladstone, in Queensland.

The man was caught while travelling on a passenger bus to Brisbane and is currently in custody with the Australian Border Force. His maritime crew visa has been cancelled and he awaits deportation to Turkey.

In April, a Chinese seafarer also went on the run from Gladstone before handing himself into authorities three weeks later in Sydney.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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