The ship that grounded off New Plymouth last month could be left with no crew unless they stump up a $150,000 bail bond.
After appearances in the District and High Courts in New Plymouth this morning, it was agreed the crew members could man the Lake Triview, due to leave Port Taranaki tonight, if a bail surety of $150,000 was paid.
The owner and operator of the ship have both been charged under the Resource Management Act.
The ship, which was carrying soya meal, hit the reef on May 24 after it dragged its anchor in big seas, smashing at least 12 holes in its hull resulting in it taking on water.
However the captain failed to immediately inform the Maritime Safety Authority as required and was subsequently fined $2000 plus court charges.
The Taranaki Regional Council investigation that followed the incident resulted in the Resource Management Act charges.
On Wednesday, the ship’s captain Rolando Legaspi, his chief officer Romelito De Asis and able seaman Mark Aldrin Galapo were charged with disturbing the Waiwhakaiho Reef.
The ship’s owner TriView Canada and operator Fairmont Shipping Ltd Canada were charged yesterday with contravening the act by permitting the grounding of the vessel on the reef, contravening the regional coastal plan.
‘‘The reason for this prosecution by the Taranaki Regional Council is that it takes very seriously its obligations to protect Taranaki’s coastal environment, and enforcement action will follow where appropriate standards appear not to have been met,’’ Basil Chamberlain, Taranaki Regional Council chief executive said today.
- Taranaki Daily News
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