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Author Topic: "Rena Captain and navigating officer plead guilty"  (Read 788 times)


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"Rena Captain and navigating officer plead guilty"
« on: February 29, 2012, 15:17:17 »

The captain and navigating officer of a cargo ship which ploughed into a reef off New Zealand last October have pleaded guilty to a series of charges.

The charges include "operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk" and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The two men cannot be named until they are sentenced in May.

Some of the charges are punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Both men also face a charge relating to the "discharge of harmful substances from ships or offshore installations". The captain pleaded guilty, but the navigating officer did not enter a plea on this charge.

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