Delay in Danio sentencing

The operators of the Danio, which was grounded on the Farne Islands last year, were due to be sentenced last week for two breaches of shipping regulations, but the case was adjourned due to a lack of financial details.

In January, operational management company, Cuxship Management GMBH, of Cuxhaven, Germany, pleaded guilty 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 was sent to Newcastle Crown Court after magistrates decided that their powers of sentencing – an unlimited fine can be imposed for the offences – were insufficient.

But last Thursday, Judge Moreland was concerned that she did not have enough information relating to the means of the company and ordered that three years’ of accounts be served by Friday, March 21, with sentencing to take place a week later on Friday, March 28.

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, the Danio made a distress call in the early hours of the morning after running aground near the Little Harcar rock.

The vessel, which was stranded for 13 days, was salvaged on the high tide in the early hours of Thursday, March 28, after delays due to tide and weather conditions.