A Singapore-based shipping company pleaded guilty in US federal court to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The conviction concerns illegal dumping of oily bilge water from the tanker ‘Zao Galaxy’, as well as failure to record it to the oil record book.
US Department of Justice
A vessel operating company has been fined by the US Department of Justice to pay the amount of $1,750,000 and serve a 4-year term of probation for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tank vessel Topaz Express, a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
A federal jury in Wilmington convicted a Greek ship management company, the Greek ship owner, and the Chief Engineer of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, falsifying ship’s documents, obstructing a USCG inspection, and making false statements to USCG inspectors.
A federal grand jury in Oakland charged two shipping companies and a First Assistant Engineer with failing to maintain an Oil Record Book for bilge water discharges into the sea and with obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced.
The US Department of Justice fined two shipping companies, incorporated in Liberia, for failing to notify the USCG of a hazardous condition on one of their vessels and to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by presenting false documents to the Coast Guard that covered up vessel oil pollution.
The owner of the Istanbul-based Ramor Group was sentenced in Federal District Court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to 27 months imprisonment in connection with his conviction for conspiracy to violate US sanctions by exporting specialized marine equipment from the US to Iran between 2013 to 2015.
The US District Court in Miami has sentenced two executives for their role in a conspiracy to fix prices of international freight forwarding services, according to the US Department of Justice. They were both charged with fixing prices in June 2018, and pleaded guilty in November 2018.
The US District Court in Baltimore, the Department of Justice announced that an indictment of two Norwegian shipping executives was opened. The defendants were charged for participating in a long-running conspiracy to share certain customers and routes, rig bids, and fix prices for the sale of international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the United States and elsewhere, including the Port of Baltimore.
A US jury indicted two more employees of Ripley Entertainment, Inc., the operating company of the duck boat that sank at Table Rock Lake last summer, resulting in the deaths of 17 people, the US Department of Justice announced.
The US Department of Justice announced that Portline Bulk International has pleaded guilty in a federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstruction. The charges stem from the falsification of the Oil Record Book onboard the M/V Achilleus, a Maltese-flagged ocean-going bulk carrier ship managed by Defendant Portline.
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