USDOJ: Sentencing in Environmental Crime Case

U.S. Department of Justice
Monday, January 23, 2012

Miami River Compnay Sen tenced to Five Years Probation and $1,000,000 Fine for Oil Pollution and Ballast Water Crimes.

 

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander, 7th Coast Guard District, and John Sall, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, announced the sentencing of defendant Americas Marine Management Services, Inc., d/b/a Antillean Marine, a Florida corporation, for oil pollution and ballast water crimes. Americas Marine Management Services had previously pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book, in violation of 33 U.S.C. § 1908(a); and one count of failing to submit reports to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse, in violation of 16 U.S.C. § 4711(g)(2).

 

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan sentenced Americas Marine Management Services to five years of probation and a $1,000,000.00 fine. As part of the corporation’s probation, Americas Marine Management must complete an Environmental Compliance Plan in connection with eight ships in the Antillean fleet. Judge Jordan further directed that out of the $1,000,000.00 fine, $500,000.00 be directed to the South Florida National Parks Trust, a charitable and non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, for the benefit, preservation, and restoration of the environment and ecosystems of the waters of the United States in South Florida.

 

According to the factual proffer, Americas Marine Management Services operated the TITAN EXPRESS from a terminal on the Miami River. On or about August 9, 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard embarked the TITAN EXPRESS to conduct a port state control examination. They noticed excessive oil and diesel fuel leaking from various components of the ship’s main diesel engine. The Coast Guard asked the ship’s chief engineer to operate the ship’s Oil Water Separator, the pivotal equipment on board the ship for the management of oily waste. The Oil Water Separator did not function properly and gave inconsistent readings. The Coast Guard opened the Oil Water Separator’s content meter and observed that it contained untreated, viscous oil.

 

The Coast Guard then examined the TITAN EXPRESS’s Oil Record Book. The Oil Record Book contained six fictitious entries showing purported usage of the Oil Water Separator that, in reality, had never occurred. Overall, the Oil Record Book did not provide any accounting for how Americas Marine Management and the crew of the TITAN EXPRESS handled the ship’s oily waste.

 

The Coast Guard then examined a log in the engine room entitled, the “Night Orders Book.” An entry dated January 10, 2010 contained an order from the ship’s chief engineer to his staff to “Always pump out the bilge water. When finished, wash the pump with sea water for 20 minutes to clean out the line. If you don’t do it, you’ll bring pollution problems, especially in Miami.”

 

Finally, the TITAN EXPRESS departed the waters of a foreign country and arrived in Miami on July 29, 2010, without making the required report to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse. The National Ballast Information Clearinghouse is a joint program of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the U.S. Coast Guard. Its mandate is to understand and prevent the introduction of non-indigenous species to the fresh, brackish, and saltwater environments of the United States.

 

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services. This case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Raich.

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