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Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Transocean Sentenced

Transocean pleads guilty, sentenced to pay $400-million in penalties for criminal conduct leading to the disaster. Transocean Deepwater Inc. has pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for its illegal conduct leading to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and was sentenced to pay $400 million in criminal fines and penalties, Attorney General Holder announced. In total, the amount of fines and other criminal penalties imposed on Transocean are the second-largest environmental crime recovery in U.S. history – following the historic $4 billion criminal sentence imposed on BP Exploration and Production Inc. in connection with the same disaster. “Transocean’s guilty plea and sentencing are the latest steps in the department’s ongoing efforts to seek justice on behalf of the victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster,” said Attorney General Holder. “Most of the $400 million criminal recovery – one of the largest for an environmental crime in U.S. history – will go toward protecting, restoring and rebuilding the Gulf Coast region.” “The Deepwater Horizon explosion was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “Eleven men died, and the Gulf’s waters, shorelines, communities and economies suffered enormous damage


Rena Wreck – Master & Second Officer Plead Guilty

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Rena officers plead guilty to 10 of 11 charges The Master and Second Officer of the cargo vessel Rena pleaded guilty to 10 out of the 11 charges laid by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) against the men following an investigation into the ship's grounding on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on 5 October. MNZ charged the Master and the ship’s Second Officer (Navigation) with a number of offences following the ship’s grounding.


Ship owner Convicted for Oil Record Book Violations

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said that the owner and the operator of the M/T FAIR VOYAGER were convicted, following their guilty pleas, of six criminal counts. The defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, two counts of making false statements to federal authorities, and one count of obstruction of justice – all related to dumping of waste oil and sludge on the high seas and making


Puget Sound Gets $1.7m for Restoration Projects

Fourteen projects to restore Puget Sound, Hood Canal and associated marine waters will take a big step forward this summer with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Puget Sound Marine Conservation Fund. The Fund was established last year as part of the settlement of a criminal case with Evergreen International Shipping Line. John McKay, United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, was joined by Jay Manning


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. The vessel Beauchamp is a barge operated by the charity as a floating classroom for children and young people. It can also be hired for events, such as parties and weddings


Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in Alaska

Je Yong Lee, Chief Engineer of the M/V Sohoh pled guilty in United States District Court to three federal felony crimes. Defendant Lee admitted to keeping and presenting a false log book that concealed the dumping of waste oil and sludge from his ship, obstructing a United States Coast Guard investigation and witness tampering for telling crew members to lie to a federal grand jury in Anchorage. The plea was announced by Timothy M. Burgess, United States Attorney for Alaska and Thomas L


Offshore Vessels LLC to Pay $2.1M in Penalties

A Louisiana ship-operating company was sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on charges related to the illegal discharge of oil into the oceans, the Justice Department announced. Offshore Vessels LLC (OSV) was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $1,750,000 and remit a payment of $350,000 as community service to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The community service funds are to be used to study polar water pollution and protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the


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


Scuttling Creates Refuse Leading to Prosecution

The US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts stated that a local man who scuttled his fishing boat off the coast of Gloucester was prosecuted for violation of the Refuse Act of 1899. The individual pled guilty to intentionally sinking the boat rather than spending the money to dispose of it properly. According to the plea agreement, he will pay a fine, compensate the Coast Guard for responding to the sinking, and publish an apology in local newspapers. Source: HK Law


Kassian Maritime Pleads Guilty to Vessel Pollution-Related Charges

Kassian Maritime Navigation Agency Ltd. pleaded guilty to maintaining a false record pertaining to the illegal dumping of bilge and wastewater into the ocean from the M/V North Princess, an ocean-going bulk cargo ship traveling to ports in the United States, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Per the terms of the plea agreement, the defendant will pay a criminal fine $1m, serve a term of probation of 30 months, and pay $300


Fishing Vessel Skipper Fined for Collision

The skipper of a fishing vessel that collided with a ferry was fined after pleading guilty for failing to keep a proper lookout. The skipper, Lindsay Haugh, of the fishing vessel Onward N336, was fined a total of £2,500 plus costs of £231 at a hearing today in the County Court


Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

U.S. Navy officer pleads guilty to selling classified ship schedules as part of expanding Navy bribery probe   A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court, admitting that he accepted cash


K-Line Executive Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

An executive of Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) was sentenced to 18 months in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to his involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers and rig bids of international ocean shipping services for roll-on


NYK Shipping Exec Jailed for Price Fixing

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Third ocean shipping executive pleads guilty to price fixing on ocean shipping services for cars and trucks   An employee of Japan-based Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices


Chief Engineer Sentenced for Pollution Violations

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein (Photo courtesy of: USDOJ)

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Noly Torato Vidad of the Philippines, the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader, to eight months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


Shipping Company, Chief Engineer Charged for Dumping Oil

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced  that AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, and Nicolas Sassin, Chief Engineer of a vehicle carrier ship it operated, the M/V City of Tokyo, were both charged with knowingly dumping oil into United States’ waters off the coast of


German Company Pleads Guilty to AK Bilge Dumping

 The Aleutian Islands (Photo courtesy of pacificenvironment.org)

German shipping company AML Ship Management GMBH and one of its chief engineers pled guilty yesterday to illegally discharging oily waste in Alaskan waters last August. The company and Nicolas Sassin, 45, the chief engineer of AML's City of Tokyo vehicle carrier


Second Shipping Exec Sentenced for Price Fixing

Second ocean shipping executive pleads guilty to price fixing on ocean shipping services for cars and trucks   A former executive of Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) pleaded guilty Friday, February 6, and was sentenced to 14 months in a U.S


Former US Navy Contracting Officer Arrested

Former senior federal contracting officer Paul Simpkins was arrested Tuesday for conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with his alleged role in a scheme to steer contracts and benefits to Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a defense contracting firm headquartered in Singapore.


Ship Operator Fined $1.8m for Oil Discharge

Ship operator admits to covering up deliberate discharge of oil and ordered to pay $1.8 million; $450,000 of penalty to fund projects benefitting Chesapeake Bay and $250,000 awarded to crew member who provided evidence of the illegal discharges  


Japanese Shipping Exec Sentenced in US for Price Fixing

An executive of Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) pleaded guilty Friday, January 30 and was sentenced to 18 months in a U.S. prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers and rig bids of international ocean shipping services for roll-on, roll-off cargo


U.S. Navy Officer Guilty of Bribery

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Second U.S. Navy Officer Indicted on Related Bribery Charges. A commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges today, admitting that he provided a government contractor with classified ship schedules and other internal U.S


Italian Shipbuilder Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

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An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide the fact that the ship had illegally discharged oil contaminated waste into the ocean on multiple occasions


Noble Pleads Guilty to Enviro Charges Surrounding Kulluk

Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department of Justice announced. Under the terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court


Crewman Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Justice in Pollution Case

Chief engineer of car-carrier vessel pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in marine oil pollution case The chief engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from






 
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