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. 

Barge firm fined $18,000 for spilling liquid fertilizer in US rivers

Tidewater Barge Lines been fined $18,000 for spilling 40,000 gallons of liquid urea ammonium nitrate into the Snake and Columbia rivers. An investigation by the Washington Department of Ecology found that two of its steel tank barges were not properly maintained, causing the liquid fertilizer to spill into the rivers during three separate incidents in April 2017.


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