Master guilty of delay

Filipino captain fined in New Zealand for not informing authorities of cargoship grounding.

A cargoship captain has been fined in New Zealand for failing to tell authorities the vessel had grounded.

Filipino master Rolando Legaspi, 63, will have to pay NZD 2,000 ($1,700) following the incident off New Plymouth.

The Singapore-flagged 32,300-dwt Lake Triview (built 2009) dragged its anchor last month in bad weather 4km offshore, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said.

Legaspi ordered the anchor to be raised but mechanical failure prevented this happening and the ship was forced on to a reef.

It refloated within five minutes, the 3News website reported.

MNZ was informed of the accident by the harbour master.

Divers later found breaches to ballast tanks. No pollution resulted.

Legaspi, who pleaded guilty in court, will also pay NZD 130 in costs.

The vessel is managed by Fairmount Shipping of Canada.

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