Oil spill fine handed out

Date: 1/8/2000

28 June – The Environment Court handed out hefty fines and costs to the companies responsible for the oil spill near the Poor Knights Islands late last year. The owners and agents of the ship were jointly fined a total of $60,000 with $159,000 costs to cover the clean up.

The MV Ratoma, a cargo ship which regularly trades between Australia and New Zealand, spilled an estimated seven tonnes of oily bilge water on 2 December between the Poor Knights and the Tutukaka Coast. The oil quickly reached the islands and Regional Council staff spent several days cleaning up the resulting mess.

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