The Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy confirmed that the German captain of a migrant-rescue ship, should never have been arrested. Specifically, the Master of “MV Sea Watch 3”, Carola Rackete, was arrested on 29 June 2019 by Italian authorities for helping and abetting illegal immigration and for forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa.
The Ukrainian Captain of the Gibraltar-flagged bulk carrier ‘Rainbow Quest’ pleaded guilty to operating a commercial cargo ship while intoxicated, according to US Attorney David L. Anderson and USCG Captain of the Port Marie Byrd.
A Vietnamese captain was jailed for five and a half years for his involvement in stealing more than 8,000 tonnes of marine gas oil from a Shell refinery in Singapore over a two-year period. In fact, it is estimated that the master pocketed up to $90,000 from his involvement in shipping fuel, worth of $5.7m from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery, the company’s largest petrochemical production and export center in the Asia-Pacific region, on 10 occasions between 2016 and 2017.
The Secretary General of InterManager, Captain Kuba Szymanski, is calling everyone to sign a petition concerning the release of Captain Andrzej Lasota, who was arrested by Mexican authorities on Monday, August 5. Captain Andrzej Lasota was arrested for allegedly being unaware of the ship carrying prohibited substances to Mexico, placing the lives and health of the country’s citizens at risk.
As Reuters reports, Hungarian prosecutors are expected to charge the captain of the cruise ship that hit and sank the ‘Mermaid’ tourist vessel on the River Danube, which led to 28 people onboard losing their lives. The tourist boat had 35 people onboard, from whom 28 were found dead after research operations.
Many maritime trade unionists associated with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have expressed their support to Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov, calling on the Sri Lankan government to reassure on his safe way back home.
The Royal Gibraltar Police has arrested the Indian Captain and Chief Officer of the Iranian tanker ‘Grace 1’, a few days after the ship was seized suspected of breaching EU sanctions by shipping oil to Syria. This followed an examination of documents and electronic devices onboard.
The ITF has called on the Sri Lankan government to release the Ukrainian Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov, who has been stranded in Sri Lanka since June 2016, when local authorities arrested his vessel ‘Avant Garde’ in relation to the illegal importation of arms.
Carola Rackete, the German Captain of a migrant rescue ship, will sue the Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for defamation, as her lawyer informed, increasing the tensions between the charity worker and the Minister. Carola Rackete was freed from house arrest after a judge dismissed accusations that she had endangered the lives of Italian servicemen.
According to sources, the 31-year-old captain of Sea Watch 3, Carola Rackete, has been released from custody. The German captain was arrested on Saturday, June 29, due to the fact that she docked the vessel in Lampedusa along with 42 migrants onboard, defying a stringent domestic law that has closed borders to migrants.
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