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MV Wakashio Captain admits he sailed close to the shore to pick phone signal
Since the grounding of MV Wakashio the Captain and Chief Officer have been held on the island to ‘assist’ with the investigation as to what cause this 290m vessel to run aground and to subsequently cause the environmental harm it did.
In this latest hearing, the captain of the ill-fated bulk carrier M/V Wakashio told a Mauritius court that he navigated the ship closer to land to allow his crew members to pick up cell phone service so they could connect with loved ones back home, but said ultimately it was his Chief Officer who ran the ship aground back in July.
Captain Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar appeared for the third and final time before the Court of Investigation set up to investigate the accident, where the 59-year-old Indian national again testified that he decided to manoeuvre the ship close to land to pick up cell phone signal as a gesture to the ship’s crew, who were working beyond the initial scope of their employment agreements. However, according to the captain, the fault lies with the first officer.
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The full article is at: https://gcaptain.com/wakashio-captain-confirms-he-navigated-close-to-shore-to-pick-up-cell-signal-but-blames-chief-officer-for-grounding/?subscriber=true&goal=0_f50174ef03-f05dd08d26-170283262&mc_cid=f05dd08d26&mc_eid=9028f94f58