Filipino ship captain charged for New Zealand oil spill

Agence France-Presse (AFP), via Interaksyon.com, reports that Mauro Balomanga, the Filipino captain of a ship stuck on a New Zealand reef has been arrested and charged as up to 70 containers fell into rough seas and a black tide of oil washed up on beaches.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), via Interaksyon.com, reports that Mauro Balomanga, the Filipino captain of a ship stuck on a New Zealand reef has been arrested and charged as up to 70 containers fell into rough seas and a black tide of oil washed up on beaches.

Balomanga was charged for "operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk." The charge carries a maximum penalty of NZ$10,000 ($7,800 or around P338,520) or 12 months in jail.

 

As of yesterday, October 12, "up to 300 tons of heavy fuel has leaked into the environmentally sensitive Bay of Plenty since the Liberian-flagged Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef, 22 kilometers off the North Island coast." The incident is being tagged as "New Zealand’s worst maritime pollution disaster."

 

Balomanga posted bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on October 19. The court has ordered the media not to publish pictures showing his face after Balomanga’s lawyer pointed out that "the public may take matters into their own hands."

 

For more on this story, check out the AFP story on Interaksyon.com.

 


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