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Oh Captain, My Captains: Brute Force, Deadly Crash, Contract Conspiracy

Royal Marines used brute force, says tanker captain
Tom Bateman 30 July 2019

The captain of a tanker seized while carrying Iranian oil has said Royal Marines used "brute force" in detaining his ship.

Earlier this month, UK forces helped authorities in Gibraltar who believed the tanker was carrying oil to a Syrian refinery in breach of EU sanctions.

The captain said marines made his unarmed crew kneel on the deck at gunpoint.

The MoD said the seizure complied with "international rules and norms".

On 4 July, about 30 marines from 42 Commando were flown from the UK to Gibraltar to help detain the tanker and its cargo, at the request of the Gibraltar government.


Ship captain in deadly Danube crash put under arrest again
Associated Press July 31

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The cruise ship captain suspected of responsibility in a deadly collision on the Danube River in Hungary is under arrest again.

A Budapest court on Wednesday ordered his arrest until Aug. 31.

The 64-year-old Ukrainian captain had been released on bail on June 13, but prosecutors have requested his re-arrest because of the risk that he could flee or impede the investigation.

Twenty-six South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members died when their sightseeing boat crashed with the cruise ship and sank May 29 in Budapest. Only seven tourists survived and the remains of a South Korean woman are still missing.

Prosecutors were able to refile their arrest request after the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, ruled Monday that decisions by lower courts granting bail to the captain were unlawful.

Retired MSC Ship Master Admits Husbanding Contract Conspiracy, Fined $2,100
Gidget Fuentes July 31, 2019

A former Military Sealift Command ship captain admitted he received high-speed rail travel and hotel stays, an iPad and expenses for a two-week, holiday family trip to South Korea in exchange for giving a South Korea-based husbanding company details about scheduled port visits. ... continue...