Maersk suspends five crew members as it investigates alleged sexual assault


The world’s largest shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk has suspended five employees as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on one of its ships run by a U.S. subsidiary, and said it was working closely with American authorities.

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is a U.S.-based subsidiary of the A.P. Moller-Maersk group working with the U.S. government to support military, government and humanitarian missions, it said on its webpage.

As part of the investigation, five crew members have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, MLL said in the statement.

The firm said it was working with labour unions, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, the U.S. Maritime Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard.

“Sea Year” is a programme run by the academy where cadets gain expertise on ships, and Maersk Line, Limited participates in this programme, where it has trained 732 cadets since 2017.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), said it was aware of the alleged incident, adding that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Superintendent had referred it to the Coast Guard Investigative Service on Sept. 28.