Maersk captain was convicted for offences on ship – authority demands stronger sentence

US Coast Guard has appealed a verdict in an offence case, in which a Maersk captain in April was suspended for four months after having shown ”inappropriate conduct” toward a deck cadet. The case is one of several sexual offence cases aboard Maersk vessels.

Maersk container vessel Merete Mærsk. | Photo: Tanja Carstens Lund // Jyllands-Posten

The US Coast Guard believes a captain at Maersk has gotten off the hook far too easily when a judge in April 2022 rejected that the captain had carried out ”gross sexual contacts” and ”sexual harassment” against a ship cadet aboard vessel Maersk Idaho back in 2014 and 2015.

The US maritime authority therefore appeals the verdict reached by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Michael J. Devine on April 20 this year.

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