Maersk subsidiary Maersk Line Limited has fired ship captain Mark Stinziano because of a harassment case from 2015. The Maersk captain has been suspended for the past four months by authorities due to ”inappropriate conduct” toward a ship cadet.
BY DAG HOLMSTAD
Published: 23.08.22 at 08:50
Once again, Maersk is releasing leading employees in the carrier’s US subsidiary, Maersk Line Limited, following cases of harassment.
In February this year, Maersk fired five employees for violating the company’s internal policies.
Now, Maersk confirms that ship captain Mark Stinziano, who has been suspended by US authorities since April 2022, has been dismissed.
The discharge officially occurred on Aug. 5, 2022, Maersk confirms in an email to Shippingwatch.
According to Maersk Line, the reason for the discharge is that Stinziano has given conflicting explanations in relation to a serious harassment case from 2015 aboard Maersk vessel Idaho.
When the case emerged in 2015, Stinziano provided his view on the matter in relation to Maersk’s internal investigation.
But when authorities in the shape of Administrative Law Judge Michael J. Devine treated the case previously this year and on April 20 decided to suspend Stinziano’s license to operate ships for 12 months – of these, four months were unconditional – it occurred on the basis of ”factual findings.”
But these factual findings from Judge Devine ”are contrary to CM Stinziano’s statements to MLL in its 2015 initial investigation,” states Maersk Line in an email to ShippingWatch.
Stinziano was chief officer at Maersk Line at the time of the harassment case in 2015 but was promoted to ship captain. Stinziano was behind sexual harassments against a ship cadet and the second officer on Maersk Idaho.
The Maersk vessel was owned and operated by Maersk Line Limited and sailed under the US flag.