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Captain of grounded ship avoids prison

The Chinese captain of a bulk cargo ship responsible for the worst oil spill in Norwegian history won’t have to serve any jail time, thanks to an appeals court decision that overturned a mandatory jail term and lets him off with a suspended sentence.

The captain of the Chinese vessel Full City was initially sentenced to compulsory jail time after the ship under his command grounded off Telemark during a summer storm in July 2009, and unleashed one of the worst oil spills in Norwegian history.

His second-in-command was also sentenced to prison, but now he’s been acquitted while the captain was hit with a suspended sentence by the appeals court in Agder, southern Norway.

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