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US court fines Navimax for discharging oily waste at sea

The US Department of Justice announced that Navimax Corporation was fined with $2,000,000 by a federal district court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a Coast Guard investigation. Namely, the company discharged oily waste at sea.

US warns about oil shipments to Syria

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has identified nine targets in an international network through which Iran, working with Russian companies, provide barrels of oil to Syria. According to the US, a Syrian national and his Russia-based company delivered oil from Iran to Syria.

USCG ceased ferry operation in South Carolina

US Coast Guard Sector Charleston marine inspectors identified unsafe conditions on a barge moored at Broad Creek Marina, Hilton Head, on November 8th. These conditions posed a serious threat to the marine environment and safety of the waterway. Due to the barge’s condition the Captain of the Port ordered to cease all operations.

US fines Petrobras $853m for corrupt payments

Petrobras agreed with US and Brazilian authorities to pay $853.2 million in penalties to resolve the US government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with Petrobras’s role in facilitating payments to politicians and political parties in Brazil, as well as a related Brazilian investigation. 

Fisherman accused of murder onboard fishing vessel

A Mexican national was arrested and charged on September 24, in federal court in Boston in connection with the murder of an individual aboard a fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

US suits company over pollution crimes

The US have filed a civil enforcement action against Azure Fishery LLC, the company’s managers, the operator of the commercial fishing vessel Jaxon T, and the new owner of the vessel for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US also lodged a partial settlement to resolve the claims against the two company managers.

USCG ends yacht voyage due to unsafe operation

US Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to and dewatered a vessel that was taking on water off Alki Beach, on Sunday August 26. The 48-foot yacht was later terminated because of unsafe operating conditions after the USCG found multiple violations in a post search and rescue boarding.

Oregon shipbuilder cited over ‘serious and willful’ safety violations

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the US-based shipbuilding company Vigor Marine Inc. over 16 ‘willful and serious violations’ following an inspection at its facility in Portland, Oregon. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $370,358.

US collects $618,000 in penalty payments from freight forwarders

The US Federal Maritime Commission completed compromise agreements with eight freight forwarders, recovering a total of $618,000 in civil penalties. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Houston, and New York/New Jersey, and by Washington D.C. headquarters staff.

Freight forwarding executives arrested for price fixing

The US Department of Justice informed that two executives have been arrested in Miami for conspiring to fix prices for international freight forwarding services. One of the executives was ordered detained pending trial, while the other was released on conditions including a $500,000 personal surety bond. 

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