21 Aug 2013

Ferry owner facing charges of manslaughter

5:38 am on 21 August 2013

The owner of a ferry that sank off Papua New Guinea in early 2012 is facing 162 charges of manslaughter.

The Rabaul Queen disaster claimed at least 141 lives.

Peter Sharp was arrested by police on Tuesday before formal charges were laid, including criminal negligence and taking an unseaworthy ship to sea.

As many as 350 people were aboard the ferry when it sank. An official inquiry found the ferry was unsafe, overloaded and should not have been at sea.