Turkish ship fired upon by Greek coast guard

The master of a small Turkish general cargo ship said on Monday that the Greek coast guard had fired on his vessel after he refused an order to dock at a port on the Greek island of Rhodes.

“There is no justification … for firing on an unarmed commercial ship carrying freight between two Turkish ports,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Sami Kalkavan, captain of the ACT, told the broadcaster CNN Turk that the Greek coast guard had ordered him to dock in Rhodes for inspection. He said that when he had failed to comply, the coast guard had opened fire, putting 16 bullet holes in his ship.

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.


  1. Why did they refuse inspection in the first place? It’s only natural to be labeled suspicious when denying inspection, but the Greek Coast Guard shouldn’t have fired.

  2. What a Turkish ship has on board is nobodies business except that of the ports where it calls. Smells to me like an attempt by the greeks to have a corrupt payoff. Time for Turkey to smack them.

  3. In this day and age a single incident of gunfire between opposing units is hardly news!

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