Owner will plead guilty over Kometik explosion, court told
The owners of an oil tanker that was rocked by an explosion in eastern Newfoundland two years ago will not face a trial.
A 2006 industrial accident aboard the MV Kometik sparked a flash fire that killed worker Wayne Dalton, and severely injured welder Pat Stamp.
Lawyer Cecily Strickland, representing Kometik owner Canship Ugland and company superintendent Chesley Button, told provincial court in St. John's Monday that the company will plead guilty to breaching occupational health and safety rules.
A trial involving Canship Ugland and Button had been scheduled to start Monday.
Meanwhile, the federal Crown also advised the court that it will be withdrawing other charges against Canship Ugland and against Button.
In April, Raymond Riggs, the chief officer aboard the Kometik, pleaded guilty to two violations of the Canada Labour Code. The ship's captain, Gough Wellon, made similar pleas in July. Both men were fined.