In the news for all the wrong reasons again

Sanford fishing company has again been charged with oil pollution charges, this time in New Zealand waters. Once again Peter Goodfellow is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Sanford has been convicted before for pollution, covering it up, and for using low paid foreign workers that is usually described as slave labour by less delicate commentators.

Fishing company Sanford Ltd has been charged with dumping oil at sea, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.

The allegations relate to a chartered South Korean-flagged vessel, Pacinui, and are based on evidence offered by Indonesian crew who jumped ship in January alleging maltreatment.

Sanford, an Auckland public company whose major shareholders include National Party president Peter Goodfellow, could face a fine of up to $400,000. 

In January a US District Court in Washington DC fined Sanford US$ 1.9 million (NZ$2.27m) for dumping oil waste at sea in American Samoa then attempting to cover up its actions.

MNZ said Sanford will face three charges after an investigation into alleged illegal dumping of oil into the sea of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone.

Sanford is charged with illegal discharge of a harmful substance – oil – from Pacinui, failing to notify MNZ of the discharge and failure to notify a pollution incident.

The discharge of a harmful substance charge carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment or a fine of $200,000.

The two other charges each carry a maximum fine of $100,000, and for a continuing offence, a further fine not exceeding $20,000 per day or part day when the offence is committed.

I wonder if they will try to cover it up like the last time? Or whether or not it will affect their US probation?

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington yesterday also put the Auckland-based company on probation for three years. Sanford was ordered to pay $500,000 in community service to the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation that will benefit Fagatele Bay in America Samoa, according to the Justice Department.

“Today’s sentence sends a clear message to owners and operators of commercial vessels who illegally dump oily waste and try to cover it up,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “We are committed to protecting our precious natural resources and will punish companies and individuals who ignore their obligations to our planet and future generations.”

Sanford was convicted in August of conspiracy, presenting false documents and deceiving the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a court filing. The company was acquitted of obstructing justice.


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  • conwaycaptain

    Using cheap death traps to fish in our waters!!!!
    These people who own and charter these ships are akin to the people that operated the “coffin ships” that made Samuel Plimsoll bring in the load line marks on vessels in the 1800’s

    • GregM

      Absolutely agree, and if they weren’t such leaky old rust buckets they wouldn’t need to be pumping oily bilge water overboard. I hope the courts clobber them.

      • tarkwin

        Always wondered where the Plimsoll line came from.

  • Jman

    Pretty disgusting. I’d like to also hear a justification as to why a New Zealand company needs to hire foreign fishing vessels manned by foreign crews to fish in New Zealand waters. It should be that you need to be a NZ citizen or resident to fish our waters, just as you need that to work on our land. That would create a lot of new jobs. Surely as a country we would be better off.

    • Red

      I think they struggled like hell to hire Kiwis who were 1: interested 2: could be bothered even if interested & 3: could pass a drug test. You’re right 100% – but Kiwis are above getting their hands dirty it’d seem – you wanna see the sheer numbers of Philipino and Chilean dairy workers here in the south. Locals just can’t be arsed – rather grizzle how hard it is to find work

      • cows4me

        To right Red, Kiwis have life too easy. Why should we continue to pay for those that shove it back in our face. If you listen to the moaning bullshit artists on the left you can’t make things harder for those on welfare as there is no work around, lies, fucking lies and more lies. The amount of work for the young and those lacking the higher education standards goes begging for labour. Of course physical work is looked upon as something to be avoided at all costs, these arseholes will go hungry one day.

        • Hazards001

          Balls. I was a commercial fisherman. There are plenty that lost their jobs due to the likes of Sanfords using chartered shit buckets employing the type of people that drive ships onto reefs.

  • spollyike

    I am shocked and surprised! I thought maardi tikanga protected them from all that damage to the environment somehow? And they didn’t deforest 40% of NZ pre-euro, wipe out many birds and lizards including the moa, because they are intimately linked to nature aka Avatar? Yeah Fucking Right!

  • blokeintakapuna

    The cheapest tender does not always equate to the lowest possible cost…
    You only get what you pay for…
    Quality remains and is remembered long after the price is forgotten…
    If only Sanford could find enough “drug-free” unemployed to employ…

  • conwaycaptain

    In commercial shipping when you take a vessel on hire you carry out an “on hire survey” and an “off hire ” at the end of the charter.
    I wonder if Sanfords did this?? I think not as it would show what a heap of crap that they had got.
    Also they have to look at the way the crews are hired and paid.

    • GregM

      Yes, the Co that has hired my old tug on dry lease dry docked the old girl and went over her with a fine tooth comb, right down to hull plating thickness checks. ( will need re plating aft of the eggbeaters in a few years ) I bet Sanfords didn’t bother checking “Wun hung lo 96” or the other floating wrecks they are using. The third world crew pay and conditions that seem to be the norm are an atrocity that the maritime community needs to address forthwith.

  • This_comment_was_deleted

    I think Cam is just re-iterating the fact that Peter Goodfellow is one of the NP party hierarchy that isn’t a fanboy.

    Come the revolution, eh boys.

    But I do wonder why if they don’t like Nationals broad tent approach, that instead
    of pursuing a monetized version of the tactic popularized by Comintern; trying to
    clandestinely subvert a popular party in order to insinuate themselves into
    positions of power within and thereby gain control of the state in order to
    further the interests of foreign sponsors and countries, they just leave and
    form their own.

    Then, just run for elections on an open ticket, as do those who now constitute
    ACT and the NZ Conservative party and seek change through the popular appeal of
    their policies and persuasive advocacy of such.

    Oh, never mind. I think I just answered my on question.