Police Charge Ship’s Master Over Cut Telecommunications Cable

Australian Cybersecurity Magazine -

Staff Writer

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has charged the Master of a container ship that damaged an underwater fibre-optic telecommunications cable off the coast of Perth earlier this month.

A 59-year-old Ukrainian national, the Master of Maersk Surabaya, a 94,322-tonne vessel sailing under the Liberian flag, was charged earlier this month.

In what is believed to be the first prosecution by the AFP for the alleged offence, the AFP charged the Master with a single count of engaging in negligent conduct as the Master of a maritime vessel, which resulted in damage to the Australian Singapore Cable, contrary to section 37 of Schedule 3A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth).

It is alleged on August 1, high winds caused the Maersk Surabaya to drag its anchor approximately 500 metres into the Perth Submarine Cable Protection Zone. The anchor subsequently snagged and damaged the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC).

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