UK Shipping Company Fined $750,000 Over Illegal Discharges

MV Murcia Carrier file photo (c)

  A UK shipping company pleaded guilty in US federal court and has been sentenced to pay a $750,000 criminal fine over illegal discharges from one its vessels while off the coast of Florida. Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd, a company based in Glasgow, U.K., and operator of the reefer cargo ship M/V Murcia Carrier, pleaded guilty to failing to maintain an accurate oil record … [Read more...]

Car Carrier Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in ‘Magic Pipe’ Case

MV Selene Leader. File Photo (c) MarineTraffic/A. Modersitski

The chief engineer of a car carrier has pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Noly Torato Vidad was the chief engineer of the Panama-flagged MV Selene Leader, operated by Hachiuma Steamship Co LTD, a Japanese company, between August 2013 and the end of January … [Read more...]

New Zealand Fishing Company Fined $2.4 Million, Chief Engineer Jailed for Environmental Crimes

sanford seafood

WASHINGTON – A New Zealand fishing company that owned and operated the tuna fishing vessel San Nikunau, and a former chief engineer on the ship, were sentenced in federal court today for environmental crimes and obstruction of justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and … [Read more...]

Bilge Dump CSI: AIS Helps ID Vessel Responsible for Oil Slick Off Angola

Radar satellite image showing a 92 mile long bilge-dump slick, taken on April 6, 2012. Envisat ASAR image courtesy European Space Agency.

On April 6th, satellite-image-monitoring-environmental group SkyTruth identified a 92-mile slick off Congo and Angola captured in the above photo that was likely the result of a discharge of oily bilge water from a ship. Now, after a thorough investigation worthy of it's own CSI episode to find the perp, SkyTruth believes it has identified just who is responsible for the … [Read more...]

U.S. Charges New Zealand Fishing Company Alleging Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Justice


A New Zealand fishing company has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for violating environmental laws and obstruction of justice.  The case is the latest in a crackdown by the USCG targeting foreign vessels violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships law. The seven-count indictment was handed down Tuesday to Sanford Ltd., a New Zealand based company that … [Read more...]

Puerto Rican shipping company fined in pollution cover-up case


Puerto Rican-based Epps Shipping Company was sentenced today in federal court to pay a $700,000 fine for violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and making false statements to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors. The sentencing is in connection to the Epps owned and operated M/V Carib Vision, a commercial ship that was engaged in the transportation of molasses … [Read more...]

Greek ship operator pleads guilty in Texas spill case


Company Has Agreed to Pay $900,000 Monetary Penalty (WASHINGTON) -- A ship management company headquartered in Greece that operated a 29,414 - ton cargo ship that made calls in multiple ports in Texas pleaded guilty and was sentenced late yesterday in federal court in Corpus Christi for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship directly into the sea … [Read more...]