The operator of the cargo ship grounded on the Farne Islands last year has pleaded guilty to two breaches of shipping safety regulations.
Carrying 1,500 tonnes of timber on its way from Dundee to Antwerp, MV Danio ran into the islands in March when its lookout fell asleep and was stuck for almost two weeks.
Solicitor Tony Cornberg entered guilty pleas on behalf of Cuxship Management GMBH, of Cuxhaven in Germany, at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court to charges of failing to maintain a proper look-out and failing to meet the requirements regarding the safety-management system.
The case will be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court after magistrates decided that their powers of sentencing were insufficient.
Graham Duff, prosecuting for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “It was an accident waiting to happen, and it did.”
The case was adjourned to Monday, March 3, for sentencing.