Rena Captain pleads guilty

The Captain of the MV Rena has pleaded guilty to all charges he faced:

The captain of the cargo ship which grounded on a reef off Tauranga last year has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

The Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef in October last year causing an environmental disaster – spilling oil and containers into the water and killing masses of sea animals. The stricken ship broke in two early this year.

The captain, whose name remains suppressed, was due back in court for sentencing on May 25.

The  Rena’s navigator, whose name also remains suppressed, pleaded guilty to Maritime Transport Act charges but was yet to enter a plea on a second group of charges.

The captain and the navigation officer were arrested a week following the Rena grounding, charged under the Maritime Transport Act for “operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk”.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in prison or a fine up to $10,000.

So it wasn’t John Key’s fault after all.


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