Hace veintinueve años ocurrió un naufragio y murió una persona, aunque casi todo el mundo recuerda el suceso por la marea negra que produjo. Otra peculiaridad del accidente fue que concurrieron en él al menos tres errores achacables a esta “empresa”, lo que además de suponernos una ruina en términos de prestigio involucró patrimonialmente al Estado en un desaguisado de cinco mil millones de pesetas. Pocas cosas nos hacen más humanos que equivocarnos, y es lícito suponer que ante tamaña crisis se produjeran enormes presiones pero, a mi juicio, las “contramedidas” adoptadas constituyeron un último error que, sin entrar en otras consideraciones, lo complicó todo sin beneficiar a nadie. El “pagano” resultó ser el Capitán del buque que….. leer más
Y algo parecido, en otras aguas y con más muertos. (Recorte del LLoydlist)
NORWEGIAN prosecutors have dropped charges of dereliction of duty against state hydrographers in the capsizing of the Rocknes, which killed 18 seafarers off Bergen last year.
The National Mapping Agency was cleared after legal authorities ruled it could not be found responsible for the loss of the bulk freighter and its crew.
The state cartographer and hydrographic office had stood accused of failing to map underwater rocks that tore into the Rocknes in freezing water on January 19.
The prosecutor found no punishable offence and shelved the charges against the agency, which it said had published maps and distributed the updated information featuring the rocks in 2003.
Although the investigation exonerated the agency for the loss of Bergen owner Jebsen’s bulker, which was carrying aggregate stone cargo from Eikefet to Emden, it said the investigation revealed weaknesses in communication.
The National Mapping Agency and the pilot authority the National Coastal Directorate were found to have failed to liaise adequately, news agency reports said.
The 26,000 dwt stone and gravel discharge bulker had a local pilot aboard but charges against him were also drop-ped due to lack of evidence.
– A former chief of Bergen cement carrier specialist Tordenskjold, Tor Johan Stuve, has been jailed for at least a fortnight pending investigations into alleged fraud.
Norwegian police arrested the fallen shipping executive, who had been in Spain, following his return to Norway.
Mr Stuve is the subject of an investigation into his role in the insolvency and closure of the bulk specialist in 2003.