Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore pleaded guilty in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage from one of their ships into the sea, according to the US Department of Justice.
Singapore-based ODFJELL ASIA II, which was convicted in 2014 of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, has admitted to violating the conditions of its probation, according to the US Department of Justice. As a result, OAII’s term of probation, which was scheduled to conclude this month, was extended by one year, and the company has agreed to additional probation conditions.
The US Department of Justice announced that the federal court in Washington sentenced East West Seafoods company to pay $50,000 in fines, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Clean Water Act and the Refuse Act, by intentionally discharging oily bilge water into the ocean off Alaska, and then presenting false records to the USCG.
US Department of Justice announced that a federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina, convicted two chief engineers of the vessel, T/V Green Sky, of falsifying documents in order to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste and obstruction charges.
The US Department of Justice announced that a Doorae Shipping Co., LTD, a South Korean maritime operations company has been fined to pay a fine of $275,000 for the failure to maintain an accurate oil record book, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
The master of the container ship Horizon Trader has won an appeal at a US court and been awarded over $1 million in damages following a whistleblowing incident. The court found that Loftus’ right to be free of retaliation for whistleblowing was violated, and that Horizon Lines could not provide clear evidence that he would have been demoted regardless of his actions
The US Department of Justice announced that a German company and operator of the M/V Cornelia was charged for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by failing to maintain an accurate ship record about the disposal of oil-contaminated waste. The defendant is also charged with presenting falsified records to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Norwegian shipping company DSD Shipping (DSD) was sentenced to pay a total corporate penalty of $2.5 million as a result of its convictions in Mobile, Alabama, for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and conspiring to commit these offenses.
US Department announced that the Turkish Ship Management company, Ciner Gemi Acente Isletni Sanayi Ve Ticaret S.A. and two employees pleaded guilty and were sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). The company will pay over $1 million criminal fine for Marine Oil Pollution Crimes.
The US Department of Justice announced that the DSD Shipping and three employees have been convicted of violating the APPS
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