New Zealand oil spill ship owners charged

The wreck of the Rena on Astrolabe Reef. New Zealand authorities have charged the owner with offences punishable by more than £300,000 in fines. Photograph: AFP/Getty/Maritime NZ

The wreck of the Rena on Astrolabe Reef. New Zealand authorities have charged the owner with offences punishable by more than £300,000 in fines. Photograph: AFP/Getty/Maritime NZ

Originally published by The Guardian.

Liberian-based Daina Shipping, a branch of the Greek company Costamare, faces big fines over Rena disaster.

New Zealand authorities have filed charges against the owners of a cargo ship that ran aground on a reef six months ago, creating what authorities describe as the country’s worst maritime environmental disaster.

Maritime New Zealand on Thursday charged Daina Shipping with discharging harmful substances from the Rena. The charge carries a maximum fine of NZ$600,000 (£300,000) plus another NZ$10,000 for each day the offending continues.

The 47,230-tonne Rena on 5 October hit Astrolabe reef near Tauranga, New Zealand’s main export port, spilling 400 tonnes of fuel oil.

Daina Shipping, incorporated in Liberia, is one of 80 subsidiaries of the Greek shipping company Costamare, which reported 2011 profits of $88m from revenues of $382m.

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