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Owner of Gaming Vessel Pleads Guilty

The U.S. Department of Justice has stated that the owner of a gaming vessel based out of Port Aransas, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court to obstructing a Coast Guard investigation into whether the ship had illegally discharged waste oil and deliberately bypassed its pollution prevention equipment. The ship’s chief engineer also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Coast Guard regarding existence of tank sounding records and then attempting to destroy the records. Under the terms of the proposed plea agreement, the owner will pay a criminal fine of $300,000 and institute an environmental compliance program. Sentencing is scheduled for April 25. Source: HK Law


U.S. Freight Forwarder Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

A Kirkland, Wash.-based freight forwarder involved in the military's program for shipping household goods of military and civilian Department of Defense (DOD) personnel between the U.S. and foreign countries pleaded guilty to criminal offenses related to its participation in that program, the Department of Justice announced today. Criminal charges were filed today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., against Air Van Lines International Inc. (AVLC). Under the terms of a


Shipping Company Pleads Guilty

MARMARAS NAVIGATION LTD, a Greek operator of a fleet of ocean going vessels transporting products around the world, recently plead guilty to a felony violation of the "Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships" for improperly documenting the handling of oily waste aboard the marine vessel ("M/V") Agia Eirini. MARMARAS pleaded guilty to a felony violation for failing to maintain proper records associated with the ship's handling of its waste oil


Master Convicted for Going the Wrong Way

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a Press Notice stating that the master of a cargo ship pled guilty to entering and proceeding over 14.5 miles in the wrong direction in the Dover Straits Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). The maneuver caused one vessel to take evasive action and resulted in six close quarters situations. The master was fined £14,000, plus £6,042 costs. (HK Law).


News: OMI Pleads Guilty to Illegal Dump, To Pay $4.2M Fine

The U.S. Department of Justice said that OMI Corporation pleaded guilty to preparing false documents in an effort to cover up the illegal dumping of thousands of gallons of waste oil and sludge at sea. OMI also agreed to pay a $4.2 million fine and serve three years probation. A ship captain and chief engineer previously pled guilty in connection with the case. The ship involved in the case, the Motor Tanker Guadalupe, owned and operated by wholly owned subsidiaries of OMI Corporation


Bulk Carrier Dumped Garbage in Marine Park

Bulk carrier 'Pantanal' owners & master fined for dumping food waste near Australia's Great Barrier Reef The master and owner of a ship that dumped garbage in the Great Barrier Reef marine park have been fined according to a Ninemsn Both pleaded guilty in the Townsville Magistrates Court to illegally dumping food waste from the Antiguan bulk carrier Pantanal in the park in July last year. The ship's master was fined $500, while the owner was fined $5000.


Owner and Operator Sentenced to $1m Fine

The US Department of Justice said that the owner and operator of a foreign freighter pleaded guilty to violation of federal law by illegally discharging waste oil while bypassing the ship’s oily water separator and making false entries in the ship’s oil record book. The owner and operator were sentenced to pay a fine of $1 million, make a community service payment of $250,000, and implement a court-monitored environmental compliance program.


Engineers Sentenced for Pollution

The US Department of Justice siad that two engineering officers have been sentenced after pleading guilty to presenting a falsified oil record book to the US Coast Guard. The chief engineer was sentenced to five months in prison and two months supervised release during which he may not serve as an engineering officer on a ship in US waters. The second engineer was sentenced to three years probation during which he may not serve as an engineering officer on a ship in US waters.


Ferry Captain Sentenced for Fraudulent License

The US Coast Guard said that a man formerly employed as a ferry captain was sentenced to five months of confinement, followed by three years of supervised release, after he pled guilty to utilizing a fraudulent USCG master’s license and to making false statements to the federal government. Source: HK Law


Owner of Ship Repair Facility Convicted of CWA Violation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release stating that the ex-owner of a now-closed Newport, Oregon ship repair facility pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act. The company renovated and painted ships by pressure washing and sand blasting the hulls. The owner allowed grit and paint from his operation to be discharged into the Yaquina River. When sentenced, the owner faces a maximum sentence of up to three years imprisonment and a fine of up


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.


Operator Fined for Crashing into Farne Islands

MV Danio grounded (Photo: U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

The operator of a coaster ship which grounded in an environmentally sensitive area off the Northumberland coast has been ordered to pay nearly £73,000 in fines and costs after its crew failed to keep a proper lookout. On the evening of March 15, 2013, the MV Danio left Perth, in Scotland


US Flies Italian Exec to Florida in Extradition

The United States has extradited a former executive of an Italian marine hose manufacturer to face price-fixing charges in what the Justice Department said was its first extradition on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a former executive with Italy's Parker ITR SRL


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


Skipper Fined After Grounding on Lizard Peninsula

The skipper of a French fishing vessel has been ordered to pay £11,155 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to endangering his vessel and crew together with failing to keep a proper look-out after falling asleep. On the afternoon of Wednesday 28 August 2013 the fishing vessel Scuderia


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


Satellite Monitoring Captures Tanker Pollution

Photo: ©EMSA/MDA 2012

At a hearing today at Truro Magistrates Court, the owner of a tanker paid a total of £22,500 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of U.K. maritime pollution legislation. On February 25, 2012 a satellite operated by European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) detected a ship


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.


Skipper Fined for Flare Misuse

The skipper of a former fishing vessel has been ordered to pay £3,825 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to firing rocket distress flares when not in need of immediate help. A red distress rocket flare was fired just before the boat torch light procession at this year's Salcombe


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.


Two Years after Concordia Wreck, Captain Returns Aboard

Schettino's first visit aboard since 2012 shipwreck; Former captain accompanying investigators as defendant as new probe into unauthorized visit by Costa officials unfolds. The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, went back on board on Thursday for the first time since the huge


Price-Fixing Chilean Shipping Firm Fined US$8.9-Million

Reuters –  Chilean shipping firm Compania Sudamericana de Vapores has agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and pay an $8.9 million criminal fine to the U.S. government, the U.S. Justice Department informs. The Justice Department's anti-trust prosecutors said in a


U.S. DOJ: First Guilty Plea in RO-RO Price Fixing Scandal

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South American Company Agrees to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing on Ocean Shipping Services for Cars and Trucks. First Charges in the Department’s Antitrust Investigation Involving Ocean Shipping Services; Conspiracy Affected Global Cargo Shipments, Including at Port of Baltimore.


Odfjell Pleads Guilty to Pollution Charges

Odfjells tanker vessel involved in the incident, M/T Bow Lind (Photo: Odfjell)

Company agrees to pay $1.2 million penalty; $300,000, will fund Long Island Sound projects. Singapore-based Odfjell Asia II Pte Ltd and one of its senior crew members pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Hartford, Conn., for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)


Two Ocean Shipping Companies to Pay $3.4M

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Sea Star Line LLC and Horizon Lines LLC have agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by fixing the price of government cargo transportation contracts between the continental United States and Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced today


 
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