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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, hotel expenses and the services of a prostitute in return for providing classified U.S. Navy ship schedules and other internal Navy information to an executive of a defense contracting firm.    Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations James B. Burch of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Director Andrew L. Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Director Anita Bales of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) made the announcement.   “Another Navy officer has now pleaded guilty and admitted to taking bribes to reveal classified military information to a major supplier,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “It is both troubling and disappointing how many Navy officers we have exposed as willingly falling prey to GDMA’s corruption, and our investigation remains active and ongoing.  Those who serve in our nation’s military must uphold the public’s trust or pay the consequences for their crimes.”  


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.


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


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 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


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


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


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, each plead guilty to one count of violating the Clean Water Act. They also face charges in Portland, OR, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.


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


U.S. Navy Admiral Pleads Guilty to Bribery

A U.S. Navy rear admiral pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge of lying to federal investigators, making him the highest-ranking officer to be convicted in the expanding "Fat Leonard" bribery case. Robert Gilbeau, 55, a special assistant to the chief of the Navy Supply Corps


US Navy Admiral to Plead Guilty in Bribery Case

Robert Gilbeau (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy rear admiral will plead guilty on Thursday to lying to federal investigators, making him the highest-ranking officer to be convicted in the expanding "Fat Leonard" bribery case, the Washington Post reported, citing his attorney.


Fishing Company Fined after Crewman’s Death

New Zealand based fishing company Talley’s Group Ltd. has been fined $73,520 and ordered to pay $21,000 in reparations to the family of a crewman killed in an on-board accident in July 2014.   The 24-year-old crewman Leighton Muir was decapitated when a broken rope snapped back while


Shipping Exec Indicted for Price Fixing

Another ocean freight executive has been indicted for participation in a long-running conspiracy to restrain trade in international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the Port of Baltimore and elsewhere in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.  


Officer Sentenced for Role in Fatal Ferry Crash

The second officer who admitted his actions were responsible for the death of a fisherman, has been sent to prison.   Pasquale Miccio pleaded guilty to a breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 as amended, on March 24, 2016 in the High Court of Justiciary, Glasgow


Reckless Skipper Handed Prison Sentence

U.K. skipper Alexander Baird, who pleaded guilty to a charge of not operating his ship in a safe manner, has been sent to prison following a hearing April 21 at Mold Crown Court, where he received a custodial sentence totaling nine months.  


Korea's Doorae Shipping Fined $750K for Illegal Discharge

Sunrise off of Oahu. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi accepted the guilty plea of Doorae Shipping Co., LTD, a South Korean maritime operations company, and sentenced the company to pay a fine of $750,000, a community service payment of $200,000


Highest Officer in US Navy Bribe Scheme Sentenced to 46 Months

A federal judge in San Diego on Friday sentenced a U.S. Navy captain caught in a $30 million bribery scandal to 46 months in prison, bringing to a close the case against the highest-ranking officer in the fraud scheme.   Captain Daniel Dusek, 49


U.S. DOJ: Shipping Companies Fined $1.5M for Illegal Discharges

The German shipping companies Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG and Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG MS “Extum,” who owned and operated the cargo ship M/V BBC Magellan, pleaded guilty today to failure to maintain an accurate oil record book


Ship Captain Guilty of Felony Obstruction

A Filipino citizen and the captain of the tanker ship, T/V Green Sky, pleaded guilty today to one felony count in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard investigation into pollution crimes aboard the vessel.


Owner Fined for 'Dangerously Unsafe' Vessel

The owner of a harbor tanker has been fined £3,000 with more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vessel for being dangerously unsafe.   Joseph O’Connor was fined at the hearing in Southampton Magistrates Court February 12 following his guilty


US Firm Sentenced for Lumber Smuggling

Virginia-based company Lumber Liquidators was sentenced today to $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures for importing illegal wood and submitting false declarations under the Lacey Act, a conservation law that makes it a crime to import plants and animals taken in violation of state and foreign law


U.S. Navy Commander Guilty in Corruption Scandal

A U.S. Navy commander charged with accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal corruption charges. Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz appeared in U.S


Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (Photo: CMA CGM)

Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ..


Norwegian Authorities Release Murmansk Trawler

Trawler Dolgoschele Courtesy Arctic Info

  The detained Norwegians Murmansk trawler "Dolgoschele" returned to its home port and was preparing to set sail again. As reported today by the CEO-owner of the vessel of "Perseus" Alexander Chumakov, the Norwegian authorities did not agree to their explanation






 
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