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CITES bans Japan’s whaling in North Pacific

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has concluded that Japan’s whaling programme in the North Pacific is illegal. Namely, Japan’s import and sale of sei whale products from its whaling programme in the North Pacific has been censured as illegal by CITES.

UK Club: Fines related to ‘Cash to Master’ incidents in Algeria

The UK P&I Club informed it has recently encountered two separate incidents in Algeria, where crew members taking cash to the Master of the ship have had the cash confiscated by the Algerian Customs, as well as a fine imposed for twice the amount of the cash value.

Fines total $100,000 over L’Austral’s first grounding

A French cruise company and ship’s Master have been fined $70,000 and $30,000 respectively for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone following the 9 January 2017 grounding of the cruise ship L’Austral on an uncharted rock at the Snares Islands.

US fines Petrobras $853m for corrupt payments

Petrobras agreed with US and Brazilian authorities to pay $853.2 million in penalties to resolve the US government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with Petrobras’s role in facilitating payments to politicians and political parties in Brazil, as well as a related Brazilian investigation. 

Fisherman accused of murder onboard fishing vessel

A Mexican national was arrested and charged on September 24, in federal court in Boston in connection with the murder of an individual aboard a fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Boatie who collided with ferry ordered to community service

An Auckland recreational boatie, Grant Reginald McCutcheon, has been ordered to complete 120 hours community service after his boat collided with a Fullers Group ferry on the Waitemata Harbour. Maritime NZ charged Mr. McCutcheon with acting dangerously by not keeping a proper look-out. Mr McCutcheon pleaded guilty.

Stolt disagrees with Flaminia ruling

After a New York District Court decided on September 10 that, Stolt and Deltech are responsible for the explosion and losses of the MSC Flaminia fire on July 2012, which killed 3 crewmembers, Stolt expressed its disagreement with the ruling. The court noted that Stolt has 45% responsibility, while Deltech is responsible by 55%.

Court found MSC not liable for Flaminia fire

New York District Court decided on September 10 that MSC is not liable for the explosion and losses of the MSC Flaminia fire  on July 2012, which killed 3 crewmembers. Instead, Daltech and Stolt are responsible for the accident. Stolt has 45% responsibility, while Deltech is responsible by 55%.

US suits company over pollution crimes

The US have filed a civil enforcement action against Azure Fishery LLC, the company’s managers, the operator of the commercial fishing vessel Jaxon T, and the new owner of the vessel for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US also lodged a partial settlement to resolve the claims against the two company managers.

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