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Chief Engineer Convicted for Pollution Offenses

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts issued a Press Release stating that the Chief Engineer of a container ship pled guilty and was convicted of various offenses related to discharge of sludge and oil-contaminated waste water. The individual pled guilty to conspiracy, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, false statements, and violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. He faces a potential maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment. Source: HK Law


Ship Operator Pleads Guilty to River Dumping

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that a U.S. ship operator pled guilty in federal court to dumping wastes into the Mississippi River and has agreed to pay a fine of $200,000, serve three years probation, and develop an environmental compliance program. In a separate case, the owner and operator of a foreign vessel, as well as the chief engineer, pled guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act and making false statements


Marine Products Exec Pleads Guilty

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the president of a California marine products company was charged with conspiring to rig bids and allocate customers with respect to the sale of foam-filled marine fenders and buoys purchased by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other public and private entities. The executive has agreed to plead guilty and to serve an eight-month sentence, including four months in jail and four moths home detention, and to pay a criminal fine of $50,000


Houston Barge Company Pleads Guilty

Western Towing Co. of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty on May 16 to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). Western Towing formerly operated a barge cleaning operation in Houston. Western Towing used river water to pressure-wash the cargo compartments of barges used to transport steel products, grain, gravel, sand, fertilizer and gypsum. The company had a CWA discharge permit which allowed it to discharge treated wastewater into the river, however the defendant did not treat the wastewater first


Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Press Release stating that the chief engineer of an oil tanker pled guilty in federal court to making false statements to deceive the U.S. Coast Guard with regard to overboard discharges of oil-contaminated bilge waste. The offenses occurred during a routine port state control (PSC) boarding by the Coast Guard in Portland, Maine. The chief engineer faces a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000


Parcel Tanker Company Agrees to Plead Guilty, Pay $19.5M Fine

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Press Release stating that Jo Tankers B.V. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19.5 million criminal fine for participating in an international cartel to allocate customers, rig bids, and fix prices on parcel tanker affreightment contracts for shipment of specialty liquids to and from the United States and elsewhere. The plea agreement and recommended sentence are subject to court approval. (HK Law)


Ship Manager and Chief Engineer Plead Guilty

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey have stated that a ship management company and the chief engineer on one of its ships pleaded guilty with regard to making false statements to the US Coast Guard relating to entries contained in the ship’s oil record book (ORB). The company has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $5 million and to make a $1.5 million payment that will be devoted to community service. The chief engineer faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison


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


Company Gets $37m Penalty for Oil Record Book Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice said that a U.S. shipping company agreed to plead guilty to deliberate oil pollution and presenting fraudulent oil record books to the U.S. Coast Guard. The company agreed to pay a $37m penalty, consisting of a $27.8m criminal fine and a $9.2 million community service payment. Additionally, the company will be on probation for three years, during which time it will comply with a court-imposed environmental compliance program.


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


Former MSC Manager Sentenced on Bribes Charges

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Former Afloat Programs Manager at the United States Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC), Kenny E. Toy, was sentenced to 96 months in prison for receiving bribes, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Toy was sentenced by United States Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the Eastern District of


Master Fined After Wind Farm Collision

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations. Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm


OSV Master Fined Following Wind Turbine Allision

Island Panther: Photo courtesy of the owners

The master of a wind farm support boat has been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after breaching maritime collision regulations, informs the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the


Timeline: BP Oil Spill Litigation

Boom in use around the port of Bayou La Batre, Alabama - May 2010 (Photo: BP)

BP Plc was found "grossly negligent" on Thursday by a federal judge in connection with its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The decision by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, who oversees litigation related to the disaster


Italian Pleads Guilty to Marine-hose Price-fixing in US

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A former executive of Parker ITR Srl pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to rig bids for marine hose and was sentenced to two years in prison, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Romano Pisciotti, who is Italian, had been flown into the United States from Germany in early April


German Company Pays for Not Reporting Hazardos Conditions

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A German company has been sentenced to pay a $1 million fine and another $250,000 to support environmental causes after pleading guilty to two felony environmental charges related to a cargo ship that entered the Port of Long Beach last year with an open crack in its hull that may have caused oil


UK Fines Ship Operator for Oil Pollution

The operator of a U.K.-registered containership has been ordered to pay £17,311.01 for breaching oil pollution legislation. The Ever Sigma – operated by Evergreen Marine – was en route from Greece to the Netherlands when 700 liters of heavy fuel oil went overboard


Divers Guilty of Raiding Historic Shipwrecks

A cannon that was taken from one of the wrecks (MCA photo)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that two divers from Kent have pleaded guilty to not declaring valuable items from shipwrecks off the U.K. coast. David Knight and Edward Huzzey, both from Sandgate, admitted to 19 offences between them


Jordanian Shipping Company Pleads Guilty

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Jordan-based Arab Ship Management Ltd. pleaded guilty today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, to one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Justice Department and the U.S. Coast Guard announced. In accordance with the terms of the plea agreement


Unlicensed Bunker Supplier Charged in Singapore

Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd convicted for being an unlicensed bunker supplier Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd pleaded guilty in court on May 20, 2014 to five charges for supplying bunkers on five occasions in the Port of Singapore without a valid bunker supplier license issued by the Maritime and


Sealift Command Official Charged with Bribery

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Scott B. Miserendino, Sr., 55, a former government contractor who performed work for the United States Navy Military Sealift Command , and Timothy S. Miller, 57, a businessman whose company sought contracting business from the Military Sealift Command


RHIB Collision Leads to Big Fine

A Cardiff sailing club and its Chief Instructor has today been made to pay £67,000 in fines and costs after failing to take proper care of children attending one of their courses, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. The Chief Instructor


Master Failed to Notify Ship Grounded: Fined in NZ Court

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Maritime New Zealand inform that the master of the 177m Singapore-flagged cargo vessel 'Lake Triview' has been fined $2000 (plus $130 court costs) after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to notify Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) that the vessel had grounded off New Plymouth after dragging its


Ship's Master Fined After Failure to Report Grounding

The master of the 177m Singapore-flagged cargo vessel Lake Triview has been fined $2000 (plus $130 court costs) after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to notify Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) that the vessel had grounded off New Plymouth after dragging its anchor on Saturday, 24 May, 2014.


UK Divers Fined for Undeclared Shipwreck Raids

Artifacts that were taken from the wrecks (MCA photo)

In a landmark case, two divers today have been made to pay a total of £63,500 in fines and costs for not declaring valuable items from shipwrecks off the U.K. coast. David Knight and Edward Huzzey, both from Sandgate, had previously pleaded guilty to 19 offences between them






 
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