Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in the US

A US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation. The cruise company has been on five years probation, from April 2017, as part of a $40m settlement for dumping oil into the ocean illegally from its Princess Cruises ships and subsequently lying about the scheme, according to court filings.

Marathassa acquitted of all charges over Vancouver oil spill

A British Columbia court has acquitted the Panamax bulk carrier ‘Marathassa’ on all charges, over its spill of 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into Vancouver’s English Bay in April 2015, attributing the incident to manufacturing flaws and not to company negligence. 

Captain fined €100,000 for breaching European air pollution limits

A Marseille court has eventually imposed a fine of  €100,000 (USD 114,000) to the American Captain of the P&O Cruises-operated ship ‘Azura’ for ‘deliberately’ breaching the European air pollution limits, in a first of its kind ruling, on Monday. However, the court specified that the €80,000 of this sum must be paid by the P&O Cruises’ parent company, Carnival. 

BVI government wins compensation over ‘Vagabond’ oil spill

The Government of the Virgin Islands was awarded $221,935.86 for clean-up costs, as a result from the oil spill involving the freighter ‘Vagabond’, owned by Caribbean Transport Ltd., back in 2006. This is the first matter of this kind that has been taken to the High Court.

Canada to prosecute Greek shipping company for fuel spill

The provincial court of British Columbia in Canada decided to charge a Greek shipping company, accusing it of operating a ship that spilled litres of fuel in Vancouver’s English Bay. According to the court the company will be prosecuted regardless of whether it participates in the legal proceedings.

US: Captain pleads guilty for discharging waste into the sea

US Department of Justice announced that a captain of the fishing vessel “Native Sun” pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle, Washington, for discharging oily-waste directly into the ocean, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and the federal conspiracy statute.

Greek owner ordered to pay fine for Seattle spill

The US Department of Justice announced a fine of $ 1.5 million for Greek ship owner and operator who were found guilty in June 2016 for discharging oily water from vessel Gallia Graeca on its voyage from China to Seattle and providing USCG inspectors with false log books


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