Coast Guard inspectors uncover environmental crimes

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – The recent legal prosecution of three shipping companies for violating international and national pollution laws were a result of Coast Guard inspectors and investigators in helping to uncover environmental crimes.

In an agreement reached between the Department of Justice and Horizon Lines, LLC, Dianik Bross Shipping Corp., S.A., and Transmar Shipping Co., these entities pled guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.4 million with a portion of the proceeds going to environmental projects in the Bay Area.

According to a Department of Justice press release dated Feb. 16, 2012, engineers aboard the ship Horizon Enterprise falsified entries into the ship’s Oil Record Book where it was revealed the oil pollution prevention equipment was not operated properly. Coast Guard inspectors discovered this misconduct during an inspection.

Two other cases since 2010 show Coast Guard inspectors detecting inconsistencies in recordkeeping onboard merchant vessels transiting the Bay Area.

These cases were:

  • In 2011 Dianik Bross Shipping Corp., S.A. and its chief engineer pled guilty to felony charges of pollution involving the merchant vessel Kostas N. The vessel pollution prevention equipment was tricked to fail detection of oily-waste discharge into the ocean.
  • In 2010 Transmar Shipping Co., S.A. and its chief engineer pled guilty to felony charges of pollution for failing to maintain Oil Record Books for the mechant vessel New Fortune. During a routine inspection at the Port of Oakland, crew notified Coast Guard inspectors that the chief engineer often ordered the use of a “magic hose” to directly dump oily waste into the ocean instead of using the required vessel pollution prevention equipment.

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