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Final conviction for the Captain of Thorco Lineage

The Captain of the Philippines-flagged general cargo ship ‘Thorco Lineage’, which ran aground in French Polynesia in June 2018, has received a final conviction after initially appealing the sentence. The captain was sentenced for failing to communicate the engine failure.

Skipper fined over ferry grounding in Wellington

A skipper has been fined $1,688 after speeding and grounding the passenger ferry ‘City Cat’ in New Zealand. The ferry grounded at 17 knots, in a 5 knot area, on a rock at Karaka Bay on 16 April 2017. Maritime NZ informed the skipper did not have the correct navigational charts, did not maintain proper look-out and had repeatedly traveled at excessive speed prior to the grounding.

Fines total $100,000 over L’Austral’s first grounding

A French cruise company and ship’s Master have been fined $70,000 and $30,000 respectively for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone following the 9 January 2017 grounding of the cruise ship L’Austral on an uncharted rock at the Snares Islands.

Skipper fined over fishing boat’s grounding in New Zealand

The skipper of the fishing boat ‘Lady Sarah’ pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 by New Zealand’s Christchurch District Court, after the vessel ran aground on Kaitorete Spit near the entrance to Lake Ellesmere, back in December 2016, due to improper look-out, leading to the vessel’s total loss.


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