The operators of the Danio, which was grounded on the Farne Islands for nearly two weeks in March last year, appeared in court this morning charged with two breaches of international shipping regulations.
Solicitor Tony Cornberg entered two guilty pleas on behalf of operational management company, Cuxship Management GMBH, of Cuxhaven, Germany, at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court to charges of failing to maintain a proper look-out and failing to meet the requirements regarding the safety-management system.
The case will be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court after magistrates decided that their powers of sentencing were insufficient.
Graham Duff, prosecuting for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said: “It was an accident waiting to happen, and it did.”
The case was adjourned to Monday, March 3, for sentencing.
For more, see Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.