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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.

Skipper ordered to pay $17,500 after running over a diver

New Zealand’s North Shore District Court has ordered an Auckland boatie to pay $17,500 in reparation, after running over a diver and seriously injuring him. Maritime Rules impose a speed limit of 5 knots (9 km/h) within 50 metres of a person in the water and 200 metres of a boat flying a dive flag.

Company fined after steel plate that fell from a crane injures employee

The UK Health & Safety Executive issued a report about a company that has been fined after an employee got injured when he was hit by a steel plate that fell from a crane, on 10 December 2015. The company has been fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3444.80 and a victim surcharge of £120.00.

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