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UPDATE: Murdered Captain of German container ship – statement from Colombia

PortandTerminal.com, April 18, 2020

The captain of the German container ship SPIRIT OF HAMBURG was murdered on board his vessel while docked at the Port of Cartagena, Colombia. There are conflicting reports on who killed him.

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA – The Colombian General Maritime Directorate has issued a press release providing a few more details on the circumstances surrounding the murder of Myo Tun Zaw, a national of Myanmar and the captain of the Spirit of Hamburg.

READ: Captain of German container ship murdered on board. Who did it?

The following is a translation of their statement:

“The Spirit of Hamburg, an Isle of Man flagged container ship of the MAERSK shipping line, arrived at the port of Cartagena on April 16, 2020 at 07:40 with twenty-one (21) crew members on board, in order to develop container loading and unloading operations at the port facilities of the Cartagena Regional Port Society.”

“At approximately 5:00 p.m. on the same day, when the motor ship was still docked at the dock, a report was received from the Protection Officer of the Cartagena Regional Port Society, reporting the death of the captain, who was found on the main deck of the ship”

“The specific circumstances of time, mode and place are the subject of investigation by the Colombian judicial authorities.”

And that’s it for details at this point.

Two competing accounts of what happened

Spirit of the Hamburg IMO: 9391660 container ship at sea
FILE PHOTO: Spirit of the Hamburg IMO: 9391660

When the story broke, the Colombian media reported that members of the crew had attacked and killed the captain.

Earlier today though, the ship’s manager, Zeaborn Ship Management, issued a statement from Germany saying that their captain “…suffered fatal injuries following what is believed to be a violent incident with an intruder onboard the ship”

For now, the who and why of what happened are unclear.

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