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.

US fines companies for illegal imports

On March 12, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced enforcement actions involving $530,199 in fines and more than 10,000 engines and vehicles imported into the US. These actions are the result of joint operations between EPA and the US Customs and Border Protection at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, to identify foreign-made engines and vehicles that do not have proper emission controls.

Mariner convicted due to working with invalid credential

The investigating officer on duty for the US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans responded to the report of a collision between two towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River, on May 16, 2017. The investigation revealed that an endorsed master assigned to one of the vessels had impersonated another mariner during phone contacts with the sector command center and IO.

Reports of customs fines continue in Dakar, Senegal

The West of England P&I Club informed that it continues to regularly receive notifications of customs fines being imposed in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, due to discrepancies between items listed in the customs declaration submitted by the Master, and the actual quantity of goods onboard.

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.  

US investigation clears major shipping companies

Two of the biggest container shipping companies, Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company, were cleared in an investigation of the sector by the US Department of Justice, on Tuesday February 26. If the investigation was to charge the companies, it could have imposed large fines at a time when the container sector faces many difficulties due to slowing global economic growth.

Trident Seafoods agrees to limit ozone-depleting emissions

Trident Seafoods Corporation has agreed to limit emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment on its ships, under a proposed settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $900,000 civil penalty.

Gabon: Points to watch out to avoid PSC fines

Operators proceeding to ports in Gabon should note that all vessels are subject to PSC inspection and there is currently a long list of “deficiencies” which vessels should take care to try to rectify beforehand, or otherwise risk being fined, the London P&I Club warned citing information from correspondents TCI/Eltvedt & O’Sullivan. 


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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