Two Filipino crewmen who died in mysterious circumstances while working on the MV Sage Sagittarius vessel met with foul play an Australia Coroner has confirmed, according to Border Mail.
The first victim, Chief Cook Cesar Llanto went missing from the coal carrying vessel in 2012, and only a fortnight later Chief Engineer Hector Collado was killed while the ship moored in Australia.
After the Coroner’s ruling, Australian National Co-ordinator for the International Transport Workers Federation Dean Summers, said: “Today the coroner has confirmed that, on board the Sage Sagittarius, a flag of convenience ship, sailing to and from Australia, there has been a double murder.
“This was a murder ship. The Sage Sagittarius – flag of convenience registered in Panama – was a murder ship, and two men have lost their lives, two families have lost their breadwinners, four children have lost their fathers.
“This is a terrible indictment of the flag of convenience system.”
According to reports there existed “…intense conflict and mistrust among the crew” on board the MV Sage Sagittarius, with rumours of complaints against the higher ranks on the ship.
MV Sage Sagittarius carries coal between Australia and Japan. It is owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Line, which has recently announced its intention to merge with two other Japanese liners – K line and OSK – to form a Japanaese super-liner slated to begin operations in April, 2018.