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The Master and Second Officer of the cargo vessel Rena today pleaded guilty to 10 out of the 11 charges laid by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) against the men following an investigation into the ship’s grounding on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on 5 October.
MNZ charged the Master and the ship’s Second Officer (Navigation) with a number of offences following the ship’s grounding.
The Master faces four charges under the Crimes Act, and the Second Officer three charges. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment.
Today, appearing in the Tauranga District Court, the Master entered guilty pleas to all six charges laid against him.
The Second Officer pleaded guilty to the MTA charge and all three Crimes Act charges, but entered no plea to the RMA charge. If necessary a two day hearing will take place on the 22 and 23 May to hear legal argument regarding the RMA charge.
Sentencing for both men will take place in the Tauranga District Court on 25 May.
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