MSC Ravenna crewmember in LA court over fatal stabbing

A crewmember onboard the 14,000 teu containership MSC Ravenna could face the death penalty in the US, having been arrested and charged with a federal offence stemming from the fatal stabbing of a fellow crewmember while on a transpacific voyage to Los Angeles.

Michael Monegro, 41, a resident of the Philippines, was named in a criminal complaint filed yesterday at the federal court in Los Angeles, which alleges that he used two knives to stab the victim 17 times on September 20. The victim, also a citizen of the Philippines, died from the stab wounds. Other members of the crew witnessed the attack, after which the captain of the ship convinced Monegro to surrender the knives. Monegro was then detained in a cabin aboard the ship, where other members of the crew took turns guarding him.

During a shipboard interview by two FBI agents on September 22, Monegro admitted to stabbing the victim repeatedly, according to the affidavit.

The felony offence charged in the indictment carries a statutory maximum sentence of death or life in federal prison.

This is not the first death recorded on the 2011-built MSC Ravenna. Three years ago a 57-year-old Filipino seafarer died after falling four stories while carrying out works when the ship was docked in Malta.

“MSC is aware of an incident on a chartered container ship which was operating on one of our cargo services near California. MSC is not in a position to comment as the ship is owned and operated by independent third parties, including in respect of the employment and management of the crew,” a spokesperson for MSC said. The Swiss line charters the ship from Germany’s Claus-Peter Offen.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Two sindromo daunito hromosom. Mean, tow coments-man.

    Before you make any coments check ovner of ship first. Then you can blame some one.
    If you see name “MSC ……” it don’t mean that ships belonged to MSC. Thera many company’s rent out(chartered) to MSC.
    Crew on such rented ships also belongs to owner of ship, not to MSC.

    1. Surely, second and third tier owners are heartless cretins like you, with atrocious management system. But MSC is happy with it, basicly becasue the victims are not their sons.

      1. It is a necessity. There are not enough volunteers in Italy, Switzerland and Germany combined to man all MSC vsls.
        “Shit happens” not for particular reason…

  2. Well the accident happened on Sept 20th.Vessel docked In LA Sept 22nd. Assuming she was slow steaming the crime occured abt 400 nm from base lline which is more then 200 Nm EEZ, more then 12 Nm teritorial waters and surely more then internal navigable waters of USA where their jurisdiction extends regarding civil and criminal cases. Vessel was Liberian flag, and crime was comitted by a non-US citizen who was contractually bound with german based entity (employer) via filipino based recruiting agent. It looks like USA judicial authority extends across all waters as defined by UNCLOS and that alone may be very disturbing. Hence wonder why the US court is sized of this case .

    1. Not disturbing at all because (probably) Captain was the one who required the assistance of US authorities.

      1. Well according to the book he could do it but then the word assistance has a hell of the interpretational range.

        1. Liberia never will investigate a murderer out of their soil. They have not money. So is better ask for US authorities to take charge of the problem.

  3. Spokesperson for MSC reports the good news only??? Bad ones are deviated to “third-parties” in Germany… Nasty!!

    1. Claus-Peter Offen is well respected Germany company in charge of vsl manning and maintenance.
      MSC not in position to comment on something they are not responsible for.

      1. Customers just want to know: What is the link between MSC and crew who take care of their cargo?

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