Posted on September 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two seafarers have been stabbed to death onboard the Italian-flagged Crude Oil Tanker, RBD GINO FERRETTI on September the 5th while the vessel was en route from Brazil to the Caribbean.
The alleged double-homicide occurred off the coast of the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius.
The two murder victims are both Filipino nationals, aged thirty-three and forty-two years old, respectively.
The Captain discovered the two bodies and immediately contacted the Caribbean Netherlands police force, before sailing towards the port of St. Eustatius.
Upon arrival at port, the vessel was boarded by the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN Forensic Department, along with the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard in order to investigate the crime.
One seafarer, a 43-year old Filipino national has been found as the main suspect behind the two murders, however, arresting him is proving to be a complicated process.
At the time of the murders, the vessel was sailing in international waters, causing some jurisdictional controversy over the arrest
According to the initial reports, due to the bureaucracy involved in the matter, the suspect has been placed in custody aboard the tanker.
Vessels travelling in international waters are usually subject to the laws of the flag-state that the ship is travelling under.
Currently, it is unclear whether it will be Netherlands, or Italy that will be prosecuting the crime.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic