Sunday, 9 June 2019

Stowaway tried to set MSC container ship on fire. “Distressed” migrant?

Container ship MSC CANBERRA alerted Israel authorities early in the morning Jun 9, reporting arson attempt by an unidentified person on board. At the time of alert the ship was anchored on Haifa anchorage, to be docked at Haifa on Jun 10. Israeli Defence Forces and Police team boarded the ship and took situation under control, perpetrator was seized and taken on shore. Crew are safe. He was found to be a stowaway, and according to Israeli media reports, went on rampage, started to break items, and tried to set the ship on fire. The ship arrived from Mersin Turkey.

Identity of the thug wasn’t disclosed. One more “migrant”, going wild after he found out, that the ship’s destination wasn’t Europe? Most likely.

Container ship MSC CANBERRA, IMO 9102722, dwt 41583, capacity 2604 TEU, built 1995, flag Panama, manager MSC.

Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.

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