A Maersk Line Ltd (MLL) captain is in danger of losing his licence over sexual misconduct, while the AP Moller-Maersk subsidiary appeared to rush to his defence against one of his accusers and the US Coast Guard.

Master Mark Stinziano is awaiting a decision of a USCG administrative law judge on whether or not his actions on the 4,658-teu Maersk Idaho (built 2000) are enough to revoke his merchant mariner credential.

The allegations of abusive sexual contact, sexual molestation and misconduct focus on his treatment of a second mate and two US Merchant Marine Academy cadets between 2014 and 2016, when Stinziano was a chief mate.