Seafarer Criminalisation Rears Its Ugly Head

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The sickening odour of the criminalisation of yet another master is wafting in New Zealand’s vernal breezes. The scenario, depressingly clear, is well writ in the past.The master of Rena will be hanged. It is as summer following spring or, as in these cases, as injustice is piled on injustice in a sort of inverted compurgation.

First, there is a navigational difficulty, usually followed by collision (Marmara Princess and Beau Rivage) or a grounding (Erika). Then comes the pollution of black oil of some species (Exxon Valdez).....

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