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'Tahsin': Ship whose crew was 'close to modern day slavery' languishes in Gloucestershire port five months on

Ship whose crew was 'close to modern day slavery' languishes in Gloucestershire port five months on
Ben Falconer 6 DEC 2017

A ship where the crew were living in conditions 'close to modern day slavery', drinking sea water and eating out of date food is still detained in Gloucestershire more than five months after it docked.

Freighter the Tahsin is one of seven ships detained in UK ports because of the sub-standard conditions they are in, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

The 81 metre,1598 ton ship left Turkey on March 25 , stopped in Italy on April 27, and since May 31 has been detained at Sharpness in the Stroud district after the intervention of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

It found failings with navigation equipment, non-payment of wages, and operational equipment. It is owned by Voda Shipping of Istanbul.

Now in an MCA update made on November 30, 12 deficiencies with eight grounds for detention were found.

Shipping problems in Gloucestershire

They included inoperative ventilation, missing nautical publications and endorsement by flag state, an invalid seafarers’ employment agreement (SEA), expired line-throwing and life saving appliances, unpaid wages, missing charts and damaged hatches.

The agency said it failed a Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

"The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that fifteen foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2017 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection," said a spokesman.

"During November, there were eight new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port, seven vessels remained under detention from previous months and eight vessels were released during November. A total of seven vessels remain under detention at the end of November 2017."

In June, the original crew of the Tahsin left over unpaid wages and dangerous conditions on board, then the new crew told union officials they wanted to go too because they were not paid on time and nothing was done to improve living conditions and safety.

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