Captain of German boxship killed at Cartagena

Myo Tun Zaw, the 50 year-old captain of 2007-built containership Spirit of Hamburg, has been killed at the port of Cartagena.

According to Colombian media reports, the captain was killed in a fight with his crew members however a statement from the manager Zeaborn Ship Management said the perpetrator was an intruder.

Colombian authorities did not provide detailed information of the incident, saying only that the captain was attacked during a fight. The body has been brought to shore to commence forensic examinations.

“The exact circumstances of the violent incident are yet unknown and police have started an official investigation into the events and conducted interviews with the crew of Spirit of Hamburg,” Zeaborn said in a statement.

The 3,630 teu Spirit of Hamburg is owned by Rickmers according to Equasis, and is part of the Hamburg Sud network. It remains anchored at Cartagena.

“Zeaborn Ship Management would like to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the seafarer. The next of kin of the crew member have been notified and will be offered full support in this very difficult time. The crew of Spirit of Hamburg will be receiving psychological help following the tragic death of their colleague,” Zeaborn said.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


  1. Such a hear very little of such incidents at sea.
    My wife and I take the time to Express our grief at
    this time.we offer our love and support to the family
    and for a peaceful resolution.

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