Crewmembers suspected of killing MSC master

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.

Nicola Capuzzo

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  1. Rather thin on details. Presumably this vessel was on long term time charter to MSC with MSC simply exercising its CP terms right to place it own name on the vessel. If so, who actually owns this ship? And who are the crew employed by? The owners or a 3rd party manager? Who arrested the vessel and on what legal grounds were they entitled to do so in relation to an alleged offence that evidently occurred on the high sea? Too easy I think for Splash to headline the MSC name with a photo of another vessel as click bait. Sorry boys, investigate and report on this story properly please and don’t waste your readers’ time on cut and paste tidbits.

  2. According to Equasis, the ship seems to be very much both owned and managed by MSC.
    Legally, most likely the flag state (Portugal) has requested the port state (Italy) to initiate an investigation.

  3. I would like to pass on a comment from my son, based on his experience with Russian and Ukrainian officers – “Pull the Hours of Rest. If they look too perfect, you have a motive.”

  4. Mr. Andrew, you’re quite something. Are you a racist, or something? You insulted me for me being Russian, now this R and U officers fishy remark.
    Voytenko Mikhail
    Maritime Bulletin

  5. Dear Mr. Craig-Bennet
    It is not my intention to irritate You with my corrupt thinking, but Your comment somehow has provoked me to react despite my inadequate skills. In Your other post, You have been kind to touch the subject of journalistic rules, which i believe must include ethics as well. Therefore keeping in mind Your outstanding and impressive record, which i looked up on the www, I must admit with regret, that Your last is a great disappointment. I have expected , that to support Your innuendo , You will pull at least a reliable survey and/or research conducted by recognized body. Survey , which will link beyond any doubt, cooking of the books to one and no other nationality. I am quite certain, that Your Son is an excellent human being and doing things, His father can be proud of. But I am also certain, that His experience with Russian officers is His and His alone and especially You Sir should be aware it may not or might not be OBJECTIVE. Also You Sir are expected to know the difference between circumstantial, prima facie and conclusive evidence, therefore Your Son ‘s suggestion will deliver at best , evidence of tampering with rest/working hrs.
    Masters and department heads are now offered a whole host of smart software to record and control work/rest hrs issue. Software, which generates alarms, both audio and visual, when violations are detected and which is linked either on line or by email transmission with Office. Depending on the Company Culture, the end user will cook or not cook the books. In case of “cover up” or “pathological” cultures, cooking is routine as the pressure comes from TOP. SPECULATING and knot knowing how Your Son interacts with Russian officers i see here 3 scenarios in a/m cultures:
    a)Manager- pressing the master to falsify records
    b) Master- pressing department heads to do same
    c)Department head- he is the chief cook
    Either way, Your innuendo, that Russians cook and others not, seems stretched a bit, leaving the reader with far more sinister conclusion, that Your last comment is biased and laced with prejudice. I am terribly sorry to come to such conclusion Sir.
    Having myself the pleasure of sailing with both British(chengs) and Russian officers I am somewhat familiar with their idiosyncracies, which every nationality on earth have and those who work in multinational environment offered by ships, have to learn to work , live, accept, tolerate and embrace them in order to participate in what is referred to as maritime adventure.
    To top up this lengthy drivel on cheating, allow me Sir to quote Your own words from an article , that caused our chance encounter:
    We all know, that if we try to regulate emissions by measuring fuel consumption, and so on, people in OUR business are going to cheat. It is what people in OUR business DO.
    end quote
    Wow, is that so???????? MLC 2006 tried to regulate working/rest hrs among other things in concert with STCW.
    Is it not fair to say Sir- people in OUR business are going to cheat?????

    Ending, i have some questions regarding MLC working/rest hrs anomalies. The Ship-Manager view on that i will consider most valuable. Would You be willing to address them Sir???

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