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A Ship under Arrest

 

The Turkish owned and Panamanian flagged ship Most Sky is moored in West Float, Birkenhead after  being detained last November by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after the local pilot alerted them to the very poor living condions onboard.

 

An inspector from the International Transport Workers Federation was called to investigate the allegations and found that  some of the Turkish, Azerbaijani and Georgian crew had not been paid for four months and were using a kebab grill and security light to provide heating.

 

He said the ship had no heating, the crew had not had fresh fruit or vegetables for a month when they arrived here and had to club together their meagre funds to even buy bread. There was one heater which was being shared and it was expected that more of the crew would seek the help of the ITF as their plight became worse.


Although the ship is only four years old,  it had effectively failed the maritime version of an MOT.

 

Eight of the crew have now recieved the wages owed and tickets to return home whilst the ship is still detained and will not be released untill all the defects have been remedied.

 

 

 



A Ship under Arrest

 

The Turkish owned and Panamanian flagged ship Most Sky is moored in West Float, Birkenhead after  being detained last November by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after the local pilot alerted them to the very poor living condions onboard.

 

An inspector from the International Transport Workers Federation was called to investigate the allegations and found that  some of the Turkish, Azerbaijani and Georgian crew had not been paid for four months and were using a kebab grill and security light to provide heating.

 

He said the ship had no heating, the crew had not had fresh fruit or vegetables for a month when they arrived here and had to club together their meagre funds to even buy bread. There was one heater which was being shared and it was expected that more of the crew would seek the help of the ITF as their plight became worse.


Although the ship is only four years old,  it had effectively failed the maritime version of an MOT.

 

Eight of the crew have now recieved the wages owed and tickets to return home whilst the ship is still detained and will not be released untill all the defects have been remedied.

 

 

 



comments (9)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Dec 2010, 07:18
I hate reading stories like this, Les. How in the world did they think they could get away with what they were doing (or not doing!)! I especially hate the story because when this first pulled up on the page, I had another of my AHHHH responses! The reflection in the image is wonderful, even if not a good reflection on the captain. I guess the ship itself can't be held responsible for the sins of the others.
Les Auld: A harsh story indeed Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2010, 08:22
An amazing story Les: what sort of company would spend a fortune on a vessel like this then treat their staff like that??
Les Auld: One who wants to maximise it's profits Chris, thanks for the comment.
The maritime equivalent of a sweat shop I suppose. I wonder how many more there are as we continue to buy cheap goods
Les Auld: Probably more than we care to think about Bill, thanks for the comment.
It looks a bit rough les.
Les Auld: Does need a bit of work Chad, thanks for the comment.
The owners of the ship are basically greedy capitalist b*stards who make as much money as they can off the backs of ordinary workers.
Les Auld: How true Richard, thanks for the comment.
Firstly, what a grat image. Beautiful light and reflections. Secondly, the text - horrifying! What an age we live in - I am so pleased this ship has been detained. I hope the owners will also face retribution.
Les Auld: It will eventually be released when all the defects have been put right Rosalyn, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Dec 2010, 09:17
Where do the people stay while all this is going on?

Great picture, with the reflection.
Les Auld: Local seafarer's charities and hotels Louis, thanks for the comment.
My feelings are like the others Les, a great image but what ghastly people treat their workers like this.
Les Auld: Indeed so Brian, thanks for the comment.
nice capture, love the reflections. that is a horrible story. thanks for the background
Les Auld: My pleasure Charles, thanks for the comment.

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