Tanker Operator, Master Plead Guilty to Oil and Garbage Dumping Crimes in U.S.

An Athens-based tanker operator has been fined $2.25 million in the United States after pleading guilty to environmental crimes relating to the discharge of oil and garbage from one of their vessels operating off the coast of Texas. The Master of the vessel has also been convicted and was sentenced to six months in jail. According to a Justice Department release, Sea World … [Read more...]

Whistleblower in Record ‘Magic Pipe’ Pollution Case Gets $1 Million Payout

A U.S. District Judge in Miami on Wednesday sentenced Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) to pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges. The judge also ordered that $1 million be awarded to … [Read more...]

Greek Shipping Companies to Pay $2.7 Million in “Magic Pipe” Pollution Case

Two Greek shipping companies have been sentenced to pay corporate penalties totaling $2.7 million in yet another "magic pipe" pollution case in the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. The sentencing comes after the two company's were convicted for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and … [Read more...]