Maersk Launceston Captain released from jail

The captain of container ship Maersk Launceston (IMO 9294408) has been temporarily released from custody in Greece

The vessel collided with a Greek navy minesweeper off the Greek port of Piraeus early on Tuesday October 26th. Local authorities are continuing their investigation.

The Maersk Launceston was still under arrest, docked in Piraeus.

The ship’s manager JT Essberger said that, contrary to initial reports that the container ship had not been impaired in any way, a Port State Control inspection of the vessel on October 30th had revealed a small amount of damage, but not enough to render it unseaworthy. Essberger said that it was arranging for repairs.

JT Essberger said on Sunday November 1st that the captain was being relieved by a replacement master who had arrived in Greece at the weekend.

The manager continued: “Whilst the exact circumstances of the collision remain unclear JT Essberger and the master will continue to offer their cooperation to the investigators. Managers continue to provide legal support to the master”.

During the collision two of the Maersk Launceston’s 27 crew members were injured. JT Essberger has indicated that the pair have now been released from hospital.

2005-built, Portugal-flagged, 50,736 gt Maersk Launceston is owned by Vierte Oceania care of Essberger JT GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Navegar-Companhia Portuguesa de Navegacao Internacional S.A.

Video of damaged naval vessel, with much of its stern missing, being towed into port at: