Two crewmembers of the MSC Giannina have been arrested, suspected of having killed Yurii Kharytonov, master of the containership which is still under arrest alongside the Voltri Terminal Europa in the port of Genoa.
Both the officers arrested are Ukrainian as was the 54-year old captain, whose body investigators believe was thrown into the sea while the ship was en route from Gioia Tauro to Genoa three weeks ago.
First officer Dmytro Savinykh and third officer Oleksandr Maltsevdi were held in Genoa following an order coming from local prosecutor Marcello Maresca. The two officers faced further questioning by the police on Wednesday.
Once the ship was moored in the port of Genoa all the members of the crew were immediately questioned for hours but none of them gave any useful information about the master’s demise. A bloodstain found on the vessel prompted further investigation.