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Company Sentenced for False Oil Record Book

Pacific and Atlantic Corp. of Athens Greece, operator of the Motor Vessel John G. Lemos, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland, Ore., on charges that it falsified the Lemos' Oil Record Book. Pacific and Atlantic was ordered to pay a $500,000 fine, $250,000 of which will be paid to the Columbia River Estuary Coastal Fund. In addition, Pacific and Atlantic must also establish an environmental compliance program for all 10 vessels in its fleet. On Jan. 4, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office conducted a routine Port State Control Inspection of the Lemos at the Port of Portland. The Lemos is a 473-foot, Cypress-flagged bulk cargo carrier. The inspection of the vessel revealed false entries in the ship's Oil Record Book. After initiating a joint criminal investigation, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and EPA Criminal Investigation Division special agents executed a federal search and seizure warrant on the Lemos and presented evidence to the grand jury three days later. Falsifying an Oil Record Book can prevent regulators from determining that a ship is following required pollution control practices. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. (HK LAW)


Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay Penalty for Pollution Cover-Up

Puerto Rican-based Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay $700,000 Penalty for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution.   WASHINGTON – Epps Shipping Company, a Liberian corporation doing business out of Carolina, Puerto Rico, was sentenced in federal court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and making false statements to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno and United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez.


U.S. DOJ: Shipping Company Fined for Pollution Cover-Up

German Shipping Company Sentenced in Puerto Rico to Pay $800,000 Penalty for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution. WASHINGTON – Uniteam Marine Shipping GmbH, a German corporation, was sentenced in federal court in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and making false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno and U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez.


Ship Operator and Engineers Guilty in Pollution Case

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Singapore Ship Operator and Engineers Plead Guilty to Crimes Related to Pollution from Cargo Ship Traveling to Mobile, Alabama; Company Sentenced to Pay $1.2 Million Criminal Penalty.   A ship management company headquartered in Singapore pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in federal court in Mobile for deliberately falsifying records to conceal pollution discharges from the ship directly into the sea.  Target Ship Management Pte. Ltd


Polluter Receives Jail Sentence

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release stating that a Seattle area marine construction company owner was sentenced to six months imprisonment and one year of supervised release after he was convicted for failing to appear at his earlier trial for violating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. A tug owned by his company sank in Puget Sound in 1995, spilling oil. Evidence indicated that the owner knowingly failed to maintain the vessel.


Chief Engineer Sentenced

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey said that the chief engineer of a chemical tanker was sentenced to five months in prison for attempting to cover up illegal discharges of oil sludge and oily waste water. He is also required to pay a $3,000 criminal fine. He had earlier pled guilty to presenting a false oil record book and attempting to obstruct a Coast Guard investigation. Source; HK Law


Hearing for Fleet Management Pilot

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal prosecutors told a judge that the pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November 2007 ignored basic safety precautions, lied to licensing authorities about his prescription drug use, and should be sentenced to 10 months in prison, the maximum recommended by his plea agreement. Capt. John Cota's lawyers asked for a two-month sentence, the minimum term in the plea agreement


Greek Shipping Company Sentenced in New Orleans for Pollution

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WASHINGTON – Ilios Shipping Company S.A. was sentenced today in federal court in New Orleans for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno and Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Ilios operated the M/V Agios Emilianos, a 738-foot, 36,573 ton bulk carrier cargo ship which hauled grain from New Orleans to various ports around the world.


Drunk Master Sentenced to Jail

The Elousa Trikoukiotisa

In the UK’s Snaresbrook Crown Court on Nov. 19, Captain Gonchar Volodymyr aged 53, was sentenced to two months in jail, and will be deported upon completion of the sentence after pleading guilty to being the Master of a ship whilst being over the alcohol limit. On the 4th November 2008, Gonchar Volodymyr, a Ukrainian, was Master of the Cypriot registered chemical tanker; Elousa Trikoukiotisa bound for London from Rostock in Northern Germany


Ship Owner Fined, Whistleblower Rewarded

The US Attorney for the Western District of Washington said that a ship owner was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $500,000, make a $250,000 community service payment, and serve four years probation for failing to maintain an accurate oil record book on one of its ships. The crewmember who reported the offense to the Coast Guard has been rewarded with one-half of the fine ($250,000). The company must institute an environmental compliance program and hire a third-party auditor to ensure


Somali Pirate Sentenced to 12 Years by German Court

 A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010.   The judge in the Osnabrueck court in northern Germany said the man was guilty of kidnapping and severe extortion


Concordia Captain Tried to Blame Wreck on Electrical Blackout

Costa Concordia (Photo courtesy of Boskalis)

The captain of the Costa Concordia tried to persuade the crisis coordinator of the cruise line to pretend an electrical blackout had caused the shipwreck, a court was told on Monday. The luxury liner hit rocks as it sailed close to the island of Giglio in January 2012


Boat Company Fined for Operating Unlicensed Vessels

A senior director of a canal boat company has today been ordered to pay £3,600 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to operating passenger vessels in North Yorkshire without valid passenger certificates. Ian Clarke, and the company Pennine Cruisers Ltd, pleaded guilty to four charges.


Smugglers Found Guilty in Death of Coastguardsmen

The U.S. Coast Guard released Friday the Final Action Memorandum of an administrative investigation into the death of Senior Chief Terrell Horne, III during a law enforcement mission on December 2, 2012. Senior Chief Horne was killed when the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut’s small boat was


Charity Barge Fined for Safety Violations

Photo from the charitys Twitter account

The charity Beauchamp Lodge Settlement has been ordered to pay £3,330 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to operating a passenger vessel in London without a valid Passenger Certificate, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.


Greenpeace: Duma Draft Needs Amendment to Benefit 'Arctic 30'

The Arctic 30: Photo credit Greenpeace

Lawyers for Greenpeace International believe the draft text of a Russian amnesty to be voted on by the Duma (the Russian parliament) would be unlikely to benefit the Arctic 30 protesters. Thus they still face the possibility of trial and conviction for their protest.


Diana Shipping Fined $1.1 Million

Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Diana Shipping Services S.A. (DSS), was sentenced by the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia to a fine of $1,100,000 and a period of probation of three years and six months as a result of a conviction earlier this year by which


Somali Pirates Sentenced for the Murder of Four Americans

Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 27, Abukar Osman Beyle, 33, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 31, who were previously found guilty of piracy, murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, violence against maritime navigation


Russia Fails to Lift Arctic 30 Piracy Charges

Prosecuting authorities in Russia were under fire today after it was revealed that they have failed to lift charges of piracy against the Arctic 30, despite pledging to do so. Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee announced last week that the piracy charges – which carry a 15-year


Skipper Sentenced for Fishing Without Navigation Lights

At a hearing today at Truro Crown Court, the owner/skipper of a fishing boat was handed a 28 day prison sentence - suspended for two years - and ordered to pay £500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the International regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.


Tankship Still Held, Government Illegally Selling Off Cargo Say Stena

MV Duxgit Integrity: Photo credit Stena Oil

According to Stena Oil, the West African republic of São Tomé e Príncipe is trying to sell cargo valued at USD 7,5 million which they wrongfully confiscated from Swedish company Stena Oil. This is the latest attempt by the government in São Tomé to profit on


Eleven Pirates Convicted in the Seychelles

Transfer of pirates to Seychelles authorities in May 2012

On October 2, 2013, eleven pirates were convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel from May 7-11, 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate


Somali Pirates Jailed by Seychelles Court

Arrested pirates handed over: Photo credit EUNAVFOr

11  pirates have been convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel between 7 – 11 May 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate


Halliburton Guilty Plea in Deepwater Horizon Case

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Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destruction of Evidence in Connection with Deepwater Horizon Disaster and Is Sentenced to Statutory Maximum Fine; Former Halliburton Manager Is Charged.   Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Halliburton) pleaded guilty today to destroying evidence pertaining to


Ontario Transport Ministry Fined for River Pollution

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation ordered to pay $95,000 for violating 2 counts of the federal Fisheries Act.  The charges stem from a road washout in April 2008 just east of the community of Orrville on Highway 518, which sent an estimated 8000 tonnes of road materials spilling into the


 
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