CGNewsTip: Shipping Firm Fined $750,000 for Oil Sludge Dump

A Greek shipping firm will pay a $750,000 civil fine in the latest example of a federal crackdown on ships dumping oil sludge overboard.

The case originated with Coast Guard inspectors boarding the Panamanian-flagged freighter Irika during a call in Vancouver last fall. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton on Tuesday sentenced ship owner Irika Maritime to the civil fine and four years probation.

The ship’s chief engineer, Ilias Dimitriou Ntais, pleaded guilty in December to failing to maintain an accurate record book and was sentenced to a $2,500 fine.

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