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Tanker owner fined a pittance

September 1, 2006

• PRC suspends Solar I captain

THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Friday placed under preventive suspension the captain of the MT Solar I, the source of the massive oil spill wreaking havoc in central Philippines.

Embattled Capt. Norberto Aguro, who commanded the ill-fated vessel on its last voyage on August 11, has been under fire for supposedly lacking training certification for oil tanker operations.

“On the impact of the event, we don’t want Aguro to be going on board [other vessels] while we determine his liability,” said Roberto Arceo, director of the Maritime Safety Office.

The development came on the third day of the formal hearings of the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI) into the sinking of the MT Solar I. Senior government officials gave the board until September 11 to come up with its final report.

Probers began a closed-door executive session shortly before the announcement was made.

(Click pittance for the full story, Sept. 1, 2006.)

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