No arrests after captain’s death on board

No arrests have been reported in connection with the death of Myo Tun Zaw, the captain of cargo ship Spirit of Hamburg (IMO 9391660) while it was in port in Colombia. He was reported dead on April 16th.

The senior executives of Zeaborn Ship Management said on April 20th that they were asking themselves “what happened and why.”

In a joint release, Zeaborn CEO Rob Grool, COO Michael Brandhoff and CFO Erik Kruse said that there had been “a lot of speculation on social media and in the regular press on what exactly happened, but as long as the authorities have not finished their investigation and announced official results, we believe it is inappropriate to draw any conclusions or to make any statements on their findings.

“What we want to confirm is that the ship is registered in the Isle of Man Register and dismiss reports of German flag and jurisdiction,” the statement said. “The crew of our vessel originate from Myanmar, Ethiopia and Russia and, contrary to some media reports, not from the Philippines. They are all professional seafarers whom we are supporting to the best of our ability and who have been offered psychological help.”

An initial statement from Zeaborn asserted that the Myanmarese captain, “suffered fatal injuries following what is believed to be a violent incident with an intruder.”

Zeaborn, which is based in Hamburg, Germany, and Singapore, said that it was cooperating with Colombian authorities, who have allowed the vessel to move from berth to inner anchorage during their investigation.

The General Directorate of Maritime Colombia said on April 21st that there were 21 crew members on board the Spirit of Hamburg and that the captain was found dead on the main deck at about 17:00 on April 16. The vessel had departed the port of Charleston, South Carolina, USA, on April 10th.

2007-built, Isle Of Man-flagged, 41,483 gt Spirit of Hamburg is owned by Soham Co Ltd care of manager Rickmers Reederei GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Zeaborn Ship Management of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of Soham Co Ltd.