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Inspector fired just a few months prior to Maersk wreck

Important knowledge was lost when a key employee was fired before the incident in which two Maersk Supply Service Vessels sank, notes a researcher of maritime safety – but the carrier denies that cost cutting played a part in the wreck.

Photo: Den Maritime Havarikommission

A round of layoffs came in the way when Maersk Supply Service was preparing to tow two vessels which ultimately wound up sinking en route to being scrapped last year.

The hand-over was insufficient in relation to the dismissal of the central employee"

Hanna Barbara Rasmussen, post.doc., Center of Maritime Safety and Society at the University of Southern Denmark

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