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

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*+-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 […]

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 […]

Puerto Rican shipping company fined in pollution cover-up case

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*+-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 […]

Greek ship operator pleads guilty in Texas spill case

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*+-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 […]

Chief Engineer Convicted in Pollution Case

*+-In the latest criminal proceedings related to Marine Pollution and the use of “Magic Pipes” the Chief Engineer aboard an American-flagged car-carrier ship was convicted of one count of conspiracy and two counts of making false statements. Marine Link has the report: At trial, it was proven that the M/V Tanabata had a removable bypass […]