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Eagle Shipping to pay fine for US sanctions violations

According to the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Eagle Shipping International (Eagle Shipping) has agreed to pay $1,125,000 to settle its potential civil liability for 36 apparent violations of the Burmese Sanctions Regulations.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions faces $132,600 fines

According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Philadelphia Energy Solutions is considered responsible for “major violations of safety and health hazards” related to process safety management, after the fire and the following explosion at its Girard Point refinery complex in Philadelphia, back in June 2019.

Greece: Increased pollution fines from 2020

With effect from 2020, Greece has reformed its environmental law, imposing higher pollution fines for potential marine incidents. In this regard, the Shipowners Club provided a table with the updated pollution fines, providing also some practical tips should a pollution incident occur.

Court decision confirms narrow turnover duty of owners

Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reiterated the narrow scope of the turnover duty on a claim brought by an injured longshoreman related to an incident that occurred in the Port of Savannah. Specifically, in Purvis, a longshoreman was injured when an open manhole cover latch fell on his head as he ascended through the manhole for at least the second time.

Greece’s fines in case of marine pollution

Japan Club publishes the fines that Greece imposes in case of marine pollution. The fines are separated into two categories, the first one being until December 30 2019, and the second one from 31 December 2019.

Italy court rejects charges against German rescue captain

The Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy confirmed that the German captain of a migrant-rescue ship, should never have been arrested. Specifically, the Master of “MV Sea Watch 3”, Carola Rackete, was arrested on 29 June 2019 by Italian authorities for helping and abetting illegal immigration and for forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa.

US orders Bouchard to compensate whistleblower over barge explosion

A whistleblower investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that Bouchard Transportation Company Inc., and its officers violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA) when it retaliated against a seaman who cooperated with the US Coast Guard.

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