Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the Middle East’s special economic zone and part of DP World, announced it will waive an estimated AED 35 million (=USD 9,530) in fines owed by its customers, in commemoration of the UAE Government’s designation of 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.
A US jury charged a Greek ship management company, the ship owner, and the Chief Engineer of the Nigerian-flagged oil tanker ‘M/T Evridiki’ for failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, and obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced.
Norway posed a fine of 700,000 NOK (=USD 80,346) to the cruise ship ‘MS Magellan’, owned by the Greek shipping company Global Cruise Lines Ltd, for violating the legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the world heritage fjords.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated two companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, pursuant to E.O. 13850, as amended. OFAC has also identified two vessels, which transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba, as blocked property owned by the two companies.
Maritime New Zealand informed that Auckland Jet Boat Tours Limited has been fined a total of $25,000 and ordered to pay $5000 in reparation after admitting Illegal and unsafe maritime practices. In addition, Director Julian Frank O’Neil has been convicted and ordered to conduct 275 hours of community work.
The US Department of Justice announced that two Greek shipping companies, Avin International LTD and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, were sentenced in the Eastern District of Texas before Judge Marcia A. Crone on charges for several discharges of oil into the waters of Texas ports by the oil tanker M/T Nicos I.V.
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) announced that it temporarily suspended Southernpec (Singapore) PTE LTD’S bunker craft operator license. As long as the suspension is valid, Southernpec will not be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore. Explaining the decision, MPA Singapore said that it came from an enforcement check.
MPA Singapore has temporarily suspended Southernpec’s bunker craft operator licence with effect from 25 April 2019, until further notice. The announcement came after an enforcement check on a bunker tanker operated by the company.
A Chilean car shipping company was referred to the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division. Compania Sud Americana De Vapores S.A (CSAV) has allegedly breached the Competition Act in respect of tenders issued by Ford Motor Company, according to a statement issued by the Competition Commission South Africa.
A federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware, returned a six-count indictment on April 23, charging Chartworld Shipping Corporation, Nederland Shipping Corporation, and Chief Engineer Vasileios Mazarakis with failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering, the Justice Department announced.
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