Posted on April 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Master of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier, Spinnaker SW, was charged over unsafe working practices by Maritime New Zealand.
The charge was officially made on March the 29th. Captain Jianxi Chen, of the Spinnaker SW has been charged under section 65(2) the Maritime Transport Act of 1994. More specifically, allowing dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products.
Reportedly, the Master permitted the crew of the Spinnaker to load a cargo of logs into the vessel without the use of protective equipment or systems to prevent falls from height.
Captain Chen pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced before a judge in the New Zealand District Court at Timaru. He also was forced to pay a fine of $6,000.
The violation was first reported by a NZ Maritime Officer on March the 27th. He noticed a number of safety issues on board the ship during cargo operations. He then proceeded to inspect the vessel’s Safety Management System (SMS) and personal protective equipment (PPE).
He discovered the equipment to be in poor condition and imposed strict guidelines on the ship, which the Captain chose to ignore.
“It was disappointing to find that the crew on the vessel were still working at height without safety lines or harnesses. The Maritime Officer then took immediate action escalating previous compliance actions and detained the vessel to further investigate the issues,” said Domonic Venz, Maritime NZ Acting Regional Compliance Manager in a statement to the press.
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