Growing Contempt for Maritime New Zealand

It is worth analyzing aspects of the case in detail so that mariners get better understanding of what to expect

Growing Contempt for Maritime New Zealand
Captain John Harrison
Master of Inter-Island ferry Santa Regina is unmercifully hounded
Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition – http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess
His story begins …
“I had always understood the death penalty was abolished in
New Zealand in 1961 — and that you’d need to be convicted of
a crime before it could be imposed. I became less convinced
about those historical facts when in April last year I suffered a
near fatal heart attack a month after the conclusion of my three-
year court battle with Maritime New Zealand.
Although exonerated by the District Court Judge who dismissed
the charge against me after a six-day trial, anyone who has had
first-hand experience of the court process will understand the
enormous stress it creates — in my case stress that nearly had
fatal consequences.
It is worth analysing aspects of the case in some detail so that
mariners get a better understanding of what you might expect if
you ever have the misfortune of facing a Maritime NZ prosecution.
THE COLLISION
I went to sea in I963 serving as a deck officer. working through
various certificates until achieving my Master’s certificate of
competency. and then subsequently taking pilot, harbourmaster
and port management roles. l returned to command positions
with Strait Shipping for 12 years. That saw me serving as the
master of.Santa Regina on one stormy April evening in 2011.
Inbound to Wellington. the mate/master and I discussed
whether to order a tug for berthing as we were encountering
south-west 30 knot winds. We agreed that a tug wasn’t necessary.
But just as l was backing the ship into the berth, the wind
changed suddenly to south-east with a gust of over 50 knots
which pushed Santa Regina sideways …” Story continues …
Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition – http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess

Santa Regina – Inter Island ferry
Captain John Henderson
Growing Contempt for Maritime New Zealand

Growing Contempt for Maritime New Zealand

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