German shipping company fined $3.2 million for hiding deliberate oil pollution

German shipping company fined $3.2 million for hiding deliberate oil pollution
Portland, Maine – A German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday in Portland, Maine, for obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey B. Clark for the Justice Department’s...

Two Vessel Engineers Convicted of Environmental and Obstruction Crimes

Two Vessel Engineers Convicted of Environmental and Obstruction Crimes
A federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina, late Wednesday convicted two chief engineers of the vessel, T/V Green Sky, of falsifying documents in order to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste and obstruction charges, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeff Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Beth Drake of the District...

Tuna vessel operator convicted for oil discharges off American Samoa

Tuna vessel operator convicted for oil discharges off American Samoa
HONOLULU — An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced Thursday for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of...

South Korean company fined $275,000 for second violation of Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships

South Korean company fined $275,000 for second violation of Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships
HONOLULU — 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 $275,000, and a term of three years of probation for the failure to maintain an accurate oil record book, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. According to the Information...

Singapore-Based Shipping Company to Pay $2.2 Million for Covering up Oil Pollution

Singapore-Based Shipping Company to Pay $2.2 Million for Covering up Oil Pollution
Pacific International Lines, a Singapore-based container ship company, was sentenced today in D.C. federal court under the terms of a plea agreement that requires the company to pay $2.2 million in criminal penalties, the Department of Justice announced today. Pacific International Lines previously pleaded guilty to three felony charges that it made false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard and violated...

Two corporations plead guilty to environmental crimes, fined $1.2 million each

BALTIMORE — Two corporations pleaded guilty Wednesday in separate hearings in Baltimore for their role in managing and owning a ship engaged in deliberate discharges of waste oil and plastic garbage. The companies were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis to pay $1.2 million and serve three years of probation during which they will be required to implement a government approved environmental...

Coast Guard assists in prosecution of polluting cargo company

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Irika Shipping S.A., a ship management corporation registered in Panama and doing business in Greece, today to pay a $4 million penalty, which includes a $3 million criminal fine and $1 million in organizational community service payments that will fund various marine environmental projects. Judge Motz also sentenced Irika...

Cargo ship’s chief engineer sentenced for violating pollution prevention act

RALEIGH, N.C. – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced Vaja Sikharulidze, a citizen of Georgia, to one year probation to include seven days of home detention, which reflected a sentence reduction based upon his substantial cooperation in the investigation.

Ship management firm pleads guilty, sentenced for violating federal pollution law

RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court Monday agents of Cooperative Success Maritime, S.A., the operator and owner of the Chem Faros, a 21,145 gross ton ocean-going cargo ship that regularly transported cargo between various ports in Asia and the United States pled guilty for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, in violation of Title...