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Thursday, 05 April 2012 - 13:21
Grounded New Zealand ship owners charged
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The owners of a ship which ran aground off New Zealand spilling hundreds of tonnes of fuel oil are being charged with discharging harmful substances.

The ship ran aground on a reef near Tauranga on 5 October 2011, causing what has been called the country's worst environmental disaster.

The charge carries a maximum fine of NZ$600,000.

The captain and navigating officer of the ship - both from the Philippines - have pleaded guilty to mishandling the vessel and altering ship documents after the crash.

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