Turkey building four new CalMac ferries ‘on time’ due to massive Turkish government help and lax safety standards

By all means read the original BBC Scotland report above, if you feel up to it.

You won’t find in it this:

or the many forms of support listed here: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.oecd.org/turkiye/48641944.pdf

You won’t find this:

Turkey is similar to Spain, Poland, Croatia and other European shipbuilding countries, but Turkey is surpassing these countries,” said Vidar Smines, a shipbuilding consultant for Ulstein Group. “Here the value per vessel is higher so Turkey is more important in international shipbuilding than statistics reveal.”

However, with 25 deaths in the last 11 months at Tuzla, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, the sector has become emblematic of the mixed blessing of rapid growth in trade ties brought on by Turkey’s EU candidacy.


In 2023:

Successful industry without workers’ rights 

The Turkish shipbuilding industry has become very successful internationally, but there has been a shocking record of accidents and lives lost.
According to TIB DER, around 100 workers have died on shipyards since 1985, fifty alone since 2001.

The workers demand the following:

  • Safety equipment such as hard hats, goggles, gloves, steel-toe shoes and safety belts need to be provided by the shipyard.
  • Each shipyard needs an infirmary, an ambulance and an emergency doctor
  • The use of grit powder, which is carcinogenic and pollutes the environment, should be banned.
  • One of the main reasons for the many deaths is the subcontracting system. Everyone should have the right to permanent employment.
  • Those responsible for the deaths need to be prosecuted.
  • Workers need to receive regular training in health and safety issues.
  • Most accidents happen during overtime; there should be an end to obligatory overtime.
  • The workers demand a 35-hour week with seven hours a day.
  • Workers should not be assigned to different jobs all the time; they should specialize.
  • Some accidents were caused by cranes and forklifts. This kind of machinery needs to undergo regular controls.
  • The shipbuilding industry should be categorised as heavy and dangerous work, thus entitling the workers to earlier retirement. (EZÖ/NZ/TK/AG)



2 thoughts on “Turkey building four new CalMac ferries ‘on time’ due to massive Turkish government help and lax safety standards

  1. Ah but, it’s the subtitle “All of the ships are said to be on course to be delivered on time and on budget to Scotland by 2025” which is the point, allowing them to recycle their ‘Ferry Stories’ saga with “There has also been controversy over the procurement process, delays and costs of two Clyde-built ferries”.
    Note that not once is the role of Jim McColl in this sorry tale mentioned, “A wee wummin did it and ran away”.

    What this is really about is what is driven off the page by packing it out, it’s about obscuring the headline in England “New figures show UK net migration reached 606,000 in 2022”.

    Presumably AJ emailed JC “Make smoke…”
    Expect before the end of the day a cute sheep story….

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  2. Turkey will catch up and ship building costs will increase. Providing jobs in Scotland. Providing investment in shipbuilding facilities. Especially savings on fuel. New ferry technology. An investment for the future. Saving on fuel covers the increased costs.

    Electric cars save on fuel but cost more. Still cheaper overall.


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