Drugs found aboard Maersk Alabama following deaths
Drugs and paraphernalia were found in a Maersk Alabama cabin where two American security contractors were found dead this week.
Maersk spokesman Kevin Speers said in a statement that the police report included the finding of drugs and paraphernalia.
“We are saddened by the tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased men,” Speers said.
He added that Maersk is working with the Trident Group, the maritime security company who employed the men, to ensure that its zero-tolerance drug policy was being enforced.
“Our foremost concern is safety at sea, and this policy is in place for all persons aboard Maersk vessels. Based on our experience with the contractor, this is an isolated incident; however, we have initiated a thorough review and set out the following immediate action steps,” he said.
Speers outlined Maersk’s plan of action, which includes reviewing the records of all security personnel to confirm that drugs tests, background checks and training requirements are current; retesting of personnel where necessary; an audit of hiring, training, performance evaluation and compliance practices; and evaluating the shore leave policy.
In addition, he said, the Trident Group will be immediately implementing a random drug testing program.
Speers said contracted security is part of anti-piracy protection plans, noting that the Maersk Alabama is in high-risk areas along the east coast of Africa.
The vessel was hijacked by pirates in April 2009, resulting in a lawsuit from 11 seamen and a review of Maersk’s internal piracy policy.
The ship where the two men died was cleared to leave Seychelles after an investigation by authorities.
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