The captain of the cargo ship which grounded on a reef off Tauranga last year has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.
The Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef in October last year causing an environmental disaster – spilling oil and containers into the water and killing masses of sea animals. The stricken ship broke in two early this year.
The captain pleaded guilty today in the Tauranga District Court to charges laid under the Maritime Transport Act, Crimes Act and Resource Management Act.
Good to have the guilty pleas. It will be interesting to see the summary of facts when it is released.