Owners of ship that ran aground on Farne Islands appear in court

The company which owns a ship which ran aground on the Farne Islands has pleaded guilty to two safety breaches

The Danio aground at the Farne Islands in March 2013
The Danio aground at the Farne Islands in March 2013

The company which owns a ship which ran aground on the Farne Islands has pleaded guilty to two safety breaches.

The MV Danio ran aground on the Farnes, internationally known for the thousands of puffins which live there, as well as 6,000 grey seals and more than 20 bird species that bird there, in the early hours of March 16 last year.

The ship could not be refloated for 12 days due to bad weather.

The vessel’s owners, Cuxship Management GMBH, of Cuxhaven in Germany, have now appeared before Mid and South East Northumberland magistrates at Bedlington.

The company pleaded guilty to two charges, brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The first states that it was responsible for the conduct of a ship on which international regulations were contravened by the chief mate and officer of the watch failing to maintain a proper look out.

The second charge states that the company was responsible for the ship’s safety management system failing to comply with regulations.

The case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing on March 3.

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