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Workers on squalid ship held in Birkenhead return home

Most Sky
Image caption Most Sky was detained by inspectors on 8 November

The crew of a ship which was detained in Birkenhead docks because of the squalid conditions on board have returned home.

Most Sky, which is owned by a Turkish company but registered in Panama, was inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on 8 November.

They discovered the ship had no heating and its galley, toilets and bathrooms were filthy.

The workers, from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia, flew home on Thursday.

They had to stay locally until they were paid.

Inspectors also found there was no fresh fruit or vegetables on board and workers were using an old kebab grill to try to keep warm, the International Transport Workers' Federation said.

Tommy Molloy, from the federation, said the conditions were among the worst the federation had seen.

The MCA said the ship had to be cleaned up before it could leave the docks.

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