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French court rejects claim on MS Estonia sinking incident, 1994

According to AP, a Paris court rejected a compensation claim in relation to the MS Estonia ferry that sank in 1994, and remains one of the deadliest maritime disasters in Europe. The court sought 40.8 million euros from Bureau Veritas, that deemed the ship seaworthy and the German shipbuilder Meyer-Werft.

Singapore’s court jails tanker chief officer to case involving stolen gas

A man linked to a case involving 340,000 tonnes of stolen gas oil worth more than $200 million – the largest ever in Singapore – has been jailed for two and a half years. Dang Van Hanh has been jailed after pleading guilty to have received 5,600 metric tonnes of marine gasoil (MGO) stolen from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery.

Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million under probation deal

A federal judge in Miami ordered Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million in fines regarding its cruise ship pollution, under a plea deal after the world’s largest cruise operator violated the terms of its probation from a 2016 criminal conviction. Before this decision, 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.

Court acquits tanker operator of MARPOL violations

Captain Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, captain of the oil tanker RIDGEBURY ALEXANDRA Z was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker. After 19 months of detention, Louisiana Jury acquitted the Master of all charges, who is now able to return to Russia, following his complete acquittal by a jury on May 23, 2019.

Car shipping company faces charges for illegal shipping

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.

Vale ordered to halt operations at two more dams

A Brazilian court has ordered Vale SA, the world’s largest iron ore miner, to suspend operations at two more dams. The court demanded the company to prove the structures are stable, following an accident in the Vale’s facilities in January that killed about 300 people.

Two illegally-operating passenger charters criminally charged

Coast Guard has adopted an aggressive posture in order to mitigate illegal passenger charter activities, due to recent back-to-back law enforcement cases that took place in Florida. As smartphone applications make it easier for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, USCG is making greater efforts in detecting illegal chartering activities and seeks maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.

Court decision clarifies situation over MARPOL breaches in EEZ

In case a ship pollutes the waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of a country but does not call at any of that country’s ports, it has not always been clear who has the right to impose penalties. However, according to North P&I Club, a recent European Court of Justice decision comes to provide some clarity on the issue.

UK CG makes master pay fine by proceeding to seize his vessel

As the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency proceeded to seize Tecoil Polaris, the master of the small product tanker Tecoil Polaris, Vitaliy Trofimov, was found guilty and was ordered to pay an overdue $34,000 fine for major ISM code violations.  

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