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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

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.

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.

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

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).

Somali Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Piracy

Jama Idle Ibrahim, a/k/a Jaamac Ciidle, pled guilty on September 8 to conspiracy to commit piracy under the law of nations and conspiracy to use a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, announced. The charges stem from a violent act of piracy in the Gulf of Aden against a merchant vessel, the MV/CEC Future, that began in November 2008.

Man Sentenced After False Coast Guard Distress Call

In coordination with the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, the Coast Guard 9th District announces that a 21-year-old Sandusky man was sentenced Friday to three months in federal custody and was also ordered to pay restitutions of $489,007.70, the cost of the search in Lake Erie that began after he knowingly made a false distress call in March 2012. Danik Shiv Kumar pleaded guilty earlier this year of one count of making a false distress call.

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

Photo: NYK

Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

Greek Shipper Pleads Guilty to Pollution-Related Crimes

M/V Sestrea. Photo by Chandris (Hellas) Inc

 Greece-based Chandris was sentenced for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship and falsifying its oil record book while docked in Corpus Christi, AP says quoting, a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.  

Greek Shipper Pleads Guilty to Dumping off Texas

A ship management company has pleaded guilty and was sentenced October 27, 2015 for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship directly into the sea and for falsifying its oil record book, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Rear Admiral David R

DSD Shipping Convicted of Environmental Crimes

Photo: DSD Shipping

 A federal jury in Mobile, Alabama, has convicted Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab AS (DSD Shipping) and three employees with obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), witness tampering and conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General John C

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

Jury Weighing Question of Whether BP Exec Lied About 2010 Oil Spill

A U.S. federal jury has begun its deliberations on whether a former BP Plc  executive lied about how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010.   Prosecutors and a lawyer for defendant David Rainey made their closing

Skipper Prosecuted for Fishing Vessel Collision

A skipper of fishing vessel Saphire Stone was charged following a collision with another fishing vessel Karen causing its loss. The skipper, Malcolm Edmund, pleaded guilty to charges including failing to keep a proper lookout and has been fined more than £5,000, the U.K

Dive Operator Sentenced after Propeller Death

A New Zealand dive operator and skipper have been sentenced for the February 2014 death of a diver struck by a propeller while on a trip to the Poor Knights Islands, Maritime New Zealand announced.   Whangarei diving company The Dive Spot Limited has been fined $50

Woman Sentenced for Making Hoax Distress Call

Search and rescue operation

  A Chicago woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach.

Master Prosecuted for Cruise Liner Grounding

The master of a cruise liner which was damaged going over rocky shoals has pleaded guilty to two charges at Belfast Magistrates court June 16, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   Captain Joao Manuel Fernandes Simoes pleaded guilty to failure to properly passage plan in

UK Shipping Company Fined for Environmental Crimes

Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd, a company based in Glasgow, U.K., and operator of the reefer cargo ship M/V Murcia Carrier, pleaded guilty to failing to maintain an accurate oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and providing false statements to the U.S

Technip UK Pleads Guilty to Safety Breaches

North Sea operator Technip UK Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of regulations covering health and safety of workers which lead to the death of a rigger, and has been fined £160,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.  

Chief Mate Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

Valerii Georgiev, a Russian citizen and former chief mate of the ocean cargo vessel M/V Murcia Carrier, was sentenced to a term of three months prison for failing to maintain an accurate oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)

Dredging Company Sentenced for Worker’s Death

Dredging NZ has been fined $79,500 and ordered to pay $42,000 in reparation after the death of a worker, crushed on a dredging barge in West Park Marina, Auckland, on November 19, 2013, Maritime New Zealand reported.   Peter Bateman died after being crushed between an excavator and the wall

Singapore MPA Fines Bunker Firm

JL Petroleum Pte Ltd has been fined by Singapore after pleading guilty in court to supplying marine fuel in the world's top bunkering hub without a valid license, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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