The captain of the MV RENA has been charged:

The captain of the stricken cargo ship Rena was granted name suppression and released on bail when he appeared in court this morning.

His appearance came as containers from ship began washing up on Motiti Island. Authorities believe between 30 and 70 containers fell off the ship overnight as heavy weather forced it on to a 19-degree starboard list.

The captain faced charges under Section 65 of the Maritime Act, covering dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products. The charge carries a penalty of up to a year imprisonment or a fine up to $10,000. More charges may follow.

While that is going on Phil Goff is touring Tauranga, mainly because the Otago Chamber of Commerce cancelled his meeting today due to lac of interest. So off to Tauranga he goes because there literally is no one in New Zealand with more experience with sinking ships than Phil Goff.

There is a lot of finger pointing going on and blaming but the one person responsible dfor everything has appeared in court.

There is also a great deal of silliness going on and obfuscation. That ship is going down, it won’t be coming off the rocks except to slide down the side of the Astrolabe Reef. Morons who keep pointing to the Australian incidents or other ship groundings ignore that most of those were either on sandy shoals or ships with cargos that are easy to remove. In almost every incidence of container ships running aground on rocky shores the ship goes down.

We should actually be thankful that the MV RENA is a container ship and not an oil tanker, then that really would be a ecological disaster rather than the paltry amount of oil that we are seeing so far. I wonder what headlines the papers would use if that happened, it is a bit hard to go past the current hyperbole.

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