No original certificates & scanty tri-annual inspection certificates for the mooring dragged.
Update – Auckland Council Approval To View Dragged Mooring
A request was made 1st April’15 for the Mooring Expert to physically view it for his engineering assessment. Arrangements, after a further 18 week’s delay, have now be made through Kennedys, Auckland Council’s lawyers, with Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL)
It has been a long drawn out process for the Auckland Council Lawyers to eventually get the Harbourmaster’s approval for Bolton’s Mooring Expert to be given permission to view the mooring Classique dragged in total, across to Shoal Bay & the Harbour Bridge, back in June last year 2014.
As Auckland Council refused to accept liability for not providing a mooring “fit for purpose” a District Court fixture was filed last year but the costs of repairing Classique began to exceed the limits of the District Court & a transfer to the High Court was necessary. That entailed an approach for Legal Aid & the appointing of an approved Lawyer.
A Mooring Expert with adequate qualification had to be engaged to prepare a report about the mooring . This would be used by Legal aid to determine the validity of Classique’s claim.
The Mooring Expert requested certification of the original mooring – that would give its weight, type of weight, chain, weight, rope, length, depth of water, holding capacity, & the name of the authority approving the installation back in 2000 for America’s Cup visitors use.
Also required were the tri-annual inspection certificates with the name of the contractors employed by the Harbour Master’s department.
As from 18th Dec’14 nothing of any use could be obtained. There were no original certificates forth coming & the scanty tri-annual inspection certificates reveal nothing of significance for the mooring dragged.
In lieu of proper identification, Auckland Council sent a photo of a mooring buoy with a wrong number on it & not showing connection to its identifiable mooring weight.
Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition –http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess
Photos showing Classique as the front page Herald news, the total mooring still attached to Classique’s bow, the unsuitable mooring weight & the corroded link which would’ve broken if the mooring held.