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Eagle Shipping to pay fine for US sanctions violations

According to the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Eagle Shipping International (Eagle Shipping) has agreed to pay $1,125,000 to settle its potential civil liability for 36 apparent violations of the Burmese Sanctions Regulations.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions faces $132,600 fines

According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Philadelphia Energy Solutions is considered responsible for “major violations of safety and health hazards” related to process safety management, after the fire and the following explosion at its Girard Point refinery complex in Philadelphia, back in June 2019.

US orders Bouchard to compensate whistleblower over barge explosion

A whistleblower investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that Bouchard Transportation Company Inc., and its officers violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA) when it retaliated against a seaman who cooperated with the US Coast Guard.

Samsung Heavy Industries to pay $75 million to resolve foreign bribery case

Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited (SHI) has agreed to pay penalties amounting to more than $75 million in order to resolve a U.S. government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Department of Justice stated that SHI paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian intermediary knowing that some of the money would be used to bribe high-level executives at Petrobras to obtain a shipbuilding contract.

US Department of Justice announces forfeiture of N. Korean cargo ship

The US Department of Justice announced the entry of a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/V Wise Honest, a 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship registered in North Korea. The Department said that Wise Honest was used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and to deliver heavy machinery back to the N. Korea.

US court fines Hyundai $47 million for selling dirty engines

The US Department of Justice published a statement that Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. (HCEA) and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (HHI) agreed to pay a $47 million civil penalty for violating Title II of the Clean Air Act. 

Turkish owner sentenced for conspiracy to violate US sanctions

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.

US fines Greek shipping companies for air pollution violations

US Attorney Gretchen Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced that two Greek Shipping companies have been convicted and sentenced for various pollution, record-keeping, and obstruction of justice crimes. The defendants’ conduct included using fuel that surpassed the maximum allowable sulfur concentration in the US Caribbean Emission Control Area

US sanctions Chinese company for breaching sanctions

The US is taking further action under maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime by imposing sanctions on a Chinese firm and its chief executive for knowingly purchasing or acquiring oil from Iran, violating US sanctions. The transaction took place after the expiration of China’s Significant Reduction Exception (SRE) on May 2, 2019, and was not covered by that SRE.

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