19 Oct 2011

Rena officers back in court

6:53 pm on 19 October 2011

The captain and navigation officer of the stricken container ship Rena have reappeared in the Tauranga District Court.

The men, aged 44 and 37, are charged under the Maritime Act with operating a vessel in a manner which caused unnecessary danger or risk to people or property.

The ship ran aground on Astrolabe Reef, 12 nautical miles off Tauranga, on 5 October.

Interim name suppression for the men was extended on Wednesday. Several media organisations argued that the suppressions should be lifted.

However, Judge Robert Wolff said publication of the men's names or images will add nothing to public information but would expose them to risk.

The court was told that the captain is likely to face an additional charge under the Resource Management Act when he reappears on 2 November.