A Czech seafarer was awarded $225,000 for blowing the whistle on his employer, a German shipping company, over maintaining false official records to conceal deliberate pollution from its ship ‘Marguerita’. The case was brought in the spotlight in November 2018.
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.
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.
Irish Ferries announced it has taken the first step in the legal process over National Transport Authority’s decision, relating to the cancellations that arose last year resulting from the delayed delivery of the company’s new W.B. Yeats ship.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
New Zealand to adapt MARPOL Annex VI in reducing shipping emissions23/03/2019
Grande America transported 1.050 tonnes of dangerous goods23/03/2019
US seizes 1 million pounds of smuggled Chinese pork22/03/2019
OPEC crude production falls to lowest level in four years22/03/2019
- Cyber Security
Norsk Hydro cyber-attack a clear indicator of cyber risk22/03/2019
How the Port of Antwerp plans to become a Multi-Fuel Port22/03/2019
Wärtsilä's 10 rules to ensure safety22/03/2019
- PSC Focus
Panama Maritime Authority urges for immediate PSC reporting22/03/2019
UK MAIB: Guidance on marine incident reporting22/03/2019
Liberian Registry launches corruption reporting platform22/03/2019