Filipino seafarer pleads guilty to murder on container ship

Michael Dequito Monegro, 43, of the Philippines, who was a crew member on container ship MSC Ravenna (IMO 9484431) pleaded guilty on May 2nd to a federal charge that carries a potential life sentence.

Monegro stabbed to death his supervisor when the ship was heading to Los Angeles. He entered a plea to committing an act of violence against someone aboard a ship that was likely to endanger the vessel’s safe navigation, the US Attorney’s Office said. He will be sentenced in September. Monegro faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

Monegro was working on the MSC Ravenna on a trip from Shanghai to Los Angeles in September 2020. He stabbed the victim while the vessel was about 92 miles off the Southern California coast. He attacked his supervisor in a hallway outside a locker room (IMN, September 30th 2020). The two men struggled and fell down. Monegro got on top of his victim, stabbed him, pulled a second knife from his supervisor’s coveralls and attacked him with both knives, despite other crewmembers trying to stop him. Monegro admitted that he only stopped stabbing the victim when he became too tired to continue.

The ship’s captain, chief mate and chief engineer arrived and the captain finally convinced Monegro to get off the victim, who died on the ship. Monegro was convinced by the captain to walk to a conference room and, after continued discussions, he placed the knives on the conference room table and was escorted to his cabin. Federal agents arrested Monegro after the ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles on September 27th 2020, He had been in federal custody since his arrest.

2011-built, Liberia-flagged, 153,115 gt MSC Ravenna is owned by CPO Ancona Offen Reederei care of manager Reederei Claus-Peter Offen GmbH & Co KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Kommanditgesellschaft MS “CPO ANCONA” Offen Reederei GmbH & Co.