Maersk suspends five crew members as it investigates alleged sexual assault

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Copenhagen, Oct 12 (Businesshala – The world’s largest shipping firm AP Möller-Maersk (MAERKB.CO) has suspended five employees as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on one of its ships run by a US subsidiary , and said that it was working closely with US officials.

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Bill Woodhorse, Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Line Ltd., said in an email, “We make every effort to ensure that all of our workplace environments, including ships, are a safe and welcoming workplace and we launched a top-down investigation Is.” Statement.

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Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is a US-based subsidiary of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, which is working with the US government to support military, government and humanitarian missions, it said on its webpage.

MLL said in a statement that as part of the investigation, five crew members have been suspended till the results of the investigation are out.

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The firm said it was working with labor unions, the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, the US Maritime Administration, the US Department of Transportation and the US Coast Guard.

“We write today to express our unwavering support for the man who shared the story of a sexual assault that occurred during the Marine Years,” said Polly Trottenberg, deputy secretary of the US Department of Transportation and Lucinda Leslie, executive administrator. Maritime Administration in a letter to the Kings Point community on October 2.

“Sea Year” is a program run by the Academy where cadets specialize on ships, and Maersk Line, Ltd. participates in this program, where it has trained 732 cadets since 2017.

A spokesman for the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) said it was aware of the alleged incident, adding that the superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) forwarded it to the Coast Guard Investigative Service on September 28.

“We have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual harassment at USMMA and the maritime industry,” the spokesperson said.

“As we determine the appropriate steps necessary to enhance and ensure the safety of USMMA students, we pledge to listen to and work closely with the entire USMMA community, including students, parents and alumni.”

Reporting by Stine Jacobsen in Copenhagen, Jonathan Saul in London and Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California; Editing by Mike Collett-White

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