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MV Wakashio Captain and second-in-command to plead guilty

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MV Wakashio Captain and second-in-command to plead guilty

The captain of MV Wakashio, Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar and his second-in-command, Hitihanillage Subhoda Janendra Tilakaratna, have pleaded guilty to a formal charge of ‘Endangering Safe Navigation ‘under the Merchant Shipping Act 2007.

Their trial will begin before the Intermediate Court on 20 December.

MV Wakashio Captain and second-in-command to plead guilty

The two are accused of being responsible for the wreck of the MV Wakashio on 25 July 2020 off coast Pointe-d’Esny, in the territorial waters of Mauritius.

The wreck caused a major oil spill on the south-eastern coastal zone of Mauritius affecting marine life and the livelihood of fishermen and skippers of pleasure craft boats.

MV Wakashio Captain and second-in-command to plead guilty

Captain Nandeshwar, a 58-year-old national, has retained the services of barrister Ilshad Munsoor. His second-in-command, a 45-year-old Sri Lankan, is represented by Amiira Peeroo.

For this trial starting on Monday, 17 witnesses have been summoned.

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