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New Zealand: Captain fined and removed from position after found drunk

The Captain of the Panama-registered oil and chemical tanker ‘Pegasus’ was fined $1,000 and removed from his position for exceeding the alcohol limit in New Zealand waters, prior departing New Plymouth on the evening of December 11. Maritime NZ’s Regional Manager Central, Michael-Paul Abbott, said that the sentencing is a strong reminder for seafarers.

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.

Improper lookout, light reflections lead vessels to collide

Maritime NZ prosecuted the master of one of Fullers Group Limited’s Auckland ferries, Seaflyte, which had collided with a recreational boat. The skipper was charged under the Maritime Transport Act, and has been fined $2,000 after admitting not keeping proper look-out. No one was injured on either vessel.

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.

Two boaties prosecuted over intoxication in New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand informed that the Marlborough District Council’s prosecuted two intoxicated boaties, after the 13-metre launch ‘Carpe Diem’ ran aground on Mabel Island near Picton, on 4 April 2017. The two men, both of Christchurch, were fined a total of $5,625 and ordered to pay more than $1,000 costs by the Court on 1st of May. 

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