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Korean Company fined for second MARPOL violation

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.

Horizon master wins large settlement after whistleblowing incident

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

Company, Officers convicted of dumping oily waste

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Liberian Ship Management Company, Corporate Vessel Owner, and three Engineering Officers indicted for environmental crimes and conspiracy for covering up overboard discharges of oily mixtures and machinery space bilge water from the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker, T/V Green Sky.

Update: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Settlements

Two new settlements, totaling nearly $1.24 billion have been reached with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. and Halliburton Company and Triton Asset Leasing GmbH, Transocean Deepwater Inc., Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., and Transocean Transocean over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Company sentenced to pay $715,000 penalty for oil spills

The US Department of Justice has announced that under a consent decree, a Louisiana company will pay $615,000 in federal penalties for crude oil spills and other Clean Water Act violations, pay Louisiana $100,000 for civil penalties and response costs, and carry out remedial measures to prevent future spills. Among other things, the company was accused of failure to comply with a US Coast Guard order addressing one of the cleanup efforts.

Chief Engineer MARPOL conviction overturned by Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals

On March 14, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals entered an Opinion in United States of America v. Matthaios Fafalios, 15-30146, vacating the judgment of conviction against the chief engineer of the TRIDENT NAVIGATOR and remanding the matter to the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for entry of a judgment of acquittal in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 29.

Captain pleads guilty for obstructing investigation into pollution

US Department of Justice announced that a Filipino citizen and the captain of the tanker ship, T/V Green Sky, pleaded guilty to one felony count in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard investigation into pollution crimes aboard the vessel

Trial of former BP Rig Supervisor begins

The first hearing of the trial of a former BP rig supervisor over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster reveals that the supervisor ignored a clear red flag and should be held partly responsible or the 2010 oil spill.

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