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...

Who speaks for the seas?

Who speaks for the seas?
by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland The large, green generators in the engine room of a 292-foot ship moored to a pier in San Francisco grind to life, filling the enclosed space with machine-produced roar. Coast Guard inspectors take a few slow laps around the room looking for malfunctions, leaks, fire risks and safety hazards. Coast Guard inspectors like these routinely board...

Coast Guard restricts Norwegian-flagged Wilmina from U.S. ports for three years

Washington – The Coast Guard announced today it is restricting the Norwegian-flagged Wilmina from U.S. ports for three years due to several marine environment-related offenses.

Coast Guard issues guidance for MARPOL Annex IV

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 1-09 Wednesday to provide U.S. flagged vessels, equipment manufacturers and testing laboratories with guidance for voluntary compliance measures for international sewage regulations contained in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Annex IV.

President Bush Signs Maritime Pollution Protection Act of 2008

WASHINGTON – On July 21, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Maritime Pollution Protection Act of 2008. This action paves the way for U.S. ratification of the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and incorporates the amended provisions of that important international instrument into U.S. law. The Protocol of 1997 contains...