$48 per month

A seafarer was being paid as little as $1.09 per hour on a Turkish-owned cargoship detained in the UK.

Two Turkish men have left the 1,900–dwt FB Glory (built 1986) at Plymouth after claiming they had not been paid.

Other crew include Syrians and Indians, with the ITF union claiming one man received a basic salary of just $48 per month, the Western Morning News reported.

If he worked 103 hours of overtime – a total of 276 hours per month – this is lifted to $300.

The wage levels do not comply with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard.

The ITF said it was working with the vessel’s operator, which has pledged to resolve the situation.

FB Glory is listed as managed by Voda Denizcilik of Istanbul.

The detention order was issued over a number of safety management issues, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

A spokesman for local agent South Coast UK said the matter had been “blown out of proportion.” He added there was no issue with the crew.

The vessel has a cargo of clay bound for Egypt.