Canada Fines Vessel Owner for Dumping Oil

Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Transport Minister David Collenette today announced that the federal government has successfully prosecuted the M/V Cala Palamos, a Cypriot-registered container vessel, owned by Nordpartner of Limassol, Cyprus and operated by Oldendorff K.E., based in Limassol, Cyprus, for the Canada Shipping Act (CSA) violation of unlawfully discharging an oily substance into Canadian waters. The pollution incident occurred while the vessel was berthed at Pier 36, in the Port of Halifax, on February 21, 2002. The vessel’s owner, Nordpartner, was assessed a penalty of $100,000 by the Nova Scotia Provincial Court in Halifax. Under the polluter pays provisions of the Canada Shipping Act, the owner was also required to cover the $80,000 expended by the Canadian Coast Guard for the cleanup for the approximately 4300 litres of discharged pollutant. “Transport Canada is committed to ensuring environmentally responsible commercial marine operations,” said Mr. Collenette. “Through several recent pollution prosecutions, Canada has demonstrated to the international marine community that the costs for illegally discharging in Canadian waters are significant.” On February 21, 2002, Transport Canada initiated an investigation after an oily substance was detected alongside Pier 36 and the adjacent harbour areas. The M/V Cala Palamos had been the last vessel at the berth and was identified as a potential source of the pollution. As part of the investigation, Transport Canada, with the cooperation of Cuban maritime authority, obtained samples from the vessel following its arrival in its next port, Havana, Cuba. These samples were positively matched with those taken from the spill. Transport Canada has made considerable progress in promoting safe and environmentally sound shipping practices in Canadian waters. The Department will continue to work in close cooperation with other federal agencies, such as Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada, the Department of National Defence and Justice Canada, as well as with other national and international partners in order to reduce the occurrence of ship source marine pollution in Canadian waters. “Transport Canada will continue to prosecute marine pollution offenders, and to seek higher fines from the courts under the Canada Shipping Act, as a deterrent against future occurrences of ship source pollution in our waters,” said Mr Collenette.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Australia, Japan Partner for Hydrodynamics Research

Australia and Japan have signed a cooperative research arrangement on marine hydrodynamics, the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, announced today.   “This

Cathelco Supply Equipment for Keppel Projects in Singapore

Press release -Cathelco have won orders to supply equipment for two projects which are being undertaken by Keppel yards in Singapore. The first is to provide marine

France-Corsica Ferry Operator SNCM's Takeover Gets EU Clearance

The European Commission has approved the takeover of troubled France-Corsica ferry operator SNCM by Corsican entrepreneur Patrick Rocca, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.


ICS Backs Climate Change Deal

Press release - The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change.

Damen Crane Barge and Anti-Pollution Barge Delivered

Damen Shipyards Sharjah has delivered two barges, a Crane Barge 4920 and an Anti-Pollution Barge 2405, to BINCO, a contractor in the Middle East with over 30 years

Shipping Industry Supports Global Climate Change Deal

The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1228 sec (8 req/sec)