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Sanford faces three charges relating to illegal dumping of oil at sea

Tuesday 20th August 2013

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Sanford, New Zealand's largest listed fishing company, faces three charges relating to illegal dumping of oil into the sea.

Sanford is charged with illegal discharge of a harmful substance, oil, from its Korean foreign charter fishing vessel Pacinui, failure to notify Maritime New Zealand of the discharge and failure to notify a pollution incident, the nation's marine regulator said in a statement.

Sanford is conducting its own internal investigations into claims by former Indonesian crew members that onboard machinery for separating ship-board waste wasn't used correctly on one day in January, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Sanford's shares were unchanged at $4.40.

The discharge of a harmful substance carries a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment or a fine of $200,000 while the other two charges carry a maximum fine of $100,000 and for a continuing offence, a further fine not exceeding $20,000 per day, Maritime New Zealand said.

The case is to be called in the Timaru District Court on Aug. 26.

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