Aftenposten: No prosecutions in Rocknes case
22 Jun 2005
State prosecutors said Wednesday that they had insufficient evidence to pursue dereliction charges against the state mapping agency Sjokartverket and the local pilot in the capsizing of the freighter "Rocknes", which resulted in the death of 18 crew.
Police had accused the National Mapping Authority of failing to point out dangerous underwater rocks that the 166-meter (544-foot) Rocknes hit before capsizing on Jan. 19, 2004. Eighteen of the 30 crew, most Filipinos, were killed.
The prosecutor found the mapping agency had published new maps showing the rocks in 2003, and published the new information the same year in its regular "Notice to Mariners" report, and both were available before the accident.
However, the investigation revealed weaknesses in communication between the agency that makes the sea charts, and the Norwegian Coastal Administration, which employs the ship's pilots who use them.
The charges against the boat's pilot were dropped by police due to a lack of evidence.
Compensation amounts are far lower than the companies claimed. Gard Gjensidige krevde alene vel 120 millioner kroner etter reduksjon. Farm Mutual demanded alone about 120 million after the reduction. De andre selskapene krevde 8,8 millioner euro. The other companies called for 8.8 million euro.
18 people lost their lives when the cargo vessel Rocknes capsized and sunken in Vatle river in the channel to Bergen 19. januar 2004. January 2004.