Monday, July 13, 2015
Maritime News

Former Chief Mate Sentenced to Prison in Oil Dumping Case

  The former chief mate of the Panama-flagged reefer MV Murcia Carrier has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to maintain an accurate oil record book in...

July 13, 2015
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Magic Pipe – Norwegian Operator, Engineers Charged with Environmental Crimes

A federal grand jury in Mobile, Alabama has returned a seven-count indictment against a Norwegian shipping company and four of its employees with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from...

May 14, 2015
Total Views: 14

Monday, March 9, 2015
Maritime News

Italian Shipping Firm Sentenced to $2.75 Million Criminal Fine Over ‘Magic Pipe’

Italian shipping firm Carbonfin S.p.A. has been sentenced to pay an overall criminal penalty of $2.75 million for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships stemming from the use of a so-called 'magic pipe' aboard one of its ships.

March 9, 2015
Total Views: 54

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Maritime News

German Ship Operator, Chief Engineer Plead Guilty in ‘Magic Pipe’ Pollution Cases

A German shipping company and the chief engineer of a car carrier it operated have been charged with environmental crimes in two separate cases in Alaska and Oregon relating to the illegal discharge of oil into U.S. waters by way of a magic pipe.

February 18, 2015
Total Views: 1

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Chief Engineer Found Guilty of Using ‘Magic Pipe’

A federal jury in New Orleans has convicted a chief engineer of environmental crimes relating to the use of a 'magic pipe' aboard the vessel he served on in December 2013.

December 18, 2014
Total Views: 46

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Italian Shipping Firm to Pay $2.75 Million Fine Over Magic Pipe Pollution Case

An Italian shipping firm has pleaded guilty and agrees to pay a $2.75 million criminal penalty for falsifying oil record books in relation to the use of a so-called 'magic pipe' aboard one of its ships.

December 17, 2014
Total Views: 37

Monday, November 17, 2014

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

The chief engineer of a NYK Line car carrier has pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

November 17, 2014
Total Views: 15

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Discarded Mooring Line Results in $5000 Fine

The owners of the pure care and truck carrier (PCTC) Morning Midas have been fined A$5000 and ordered to pay costs after the Melbourne Magistrates Court ruled that the crew...

July 22, 2014
Total Views: 5

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Addressing Grey Water Pollution from Ships

By Wei Chen, R&D Manager, Waste Water Systems, Wa?rtsila? In 2013, fines incurred under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) for bypassing a ship’s oily water separator...

April 17, 2014
Total Views: 165

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Columbia Shipmanagement Fined $10.4 Million for Oil Pollution at Sea Violations [UDPATE]

Note: This article has been reposted from March 22, 2013, with an update that the sentence was handed down yesterday, July 23, 2013.  Shipping firms Columbia Shipmanagement GmbH (CSM-D) and...

July 24, 2013
Total Views: 189

Thursday, August 16, 2012
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New Zealand Fishing Company Gets Nailed for Falsifying Oil Records

WASHINGTON –A federal jury in Washington, D.C., today returned guilty verdicts against Sanford Ltd., a New Zealand fishing company, on six counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and violating the...

August 16, 2012
Total Views: 14

Monday, May 21, 2012

Captain Found Guilty in MARPOL Misstep

The former captain of a Panama-flagged bulk carrier M/V Gaurav Prem that discharged hundreds of plastic pipes into the ocean, has been convicted by a jury in Mobile, AL, on...

May 21, 2012
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Greek Operator Sentenced to Pay $2 Million for Oil Pollution Cover-Up and Obstruction of Justice

Greek shipowner Ilios Shipping Company S.A. was sentenced today in federal court in New Orleans to pay a fine of $2 million for intentionally trying to cover-up oil pollution from...

March 27, 2012
Total Views: 18

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Italian Shipowner and Chief Engineer Charged in “Magic Pipe” Case

Italian-based shipping company Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company S.P.A., owner and operator of the M/V Bottiglieri Challenger, and Vito La Forgia, the vessel’s chief engineer, have been charged in a four-count...

March 6, 2012
Total Views: 7

Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Whistle-Blowing Seafarer Stands to Earn 6-Figure Reward, $1.2M Fine Assessed to Shipowners

Shipping Companies Plead Guilty to Charges of Obstruction of Justice and Environmental Crimes WASHINGTON – Two corporations pleaded guilty yesterday in separate hearings in Baltimore for their role in managing...

January 26, 2012
Total Views: 29

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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...

December 7, 2011
Total Views: 4

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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...

August 18, 2011
Total Views: 0

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chief engineer sentenced to prison for ‘Magic Pipe’ pollution case

BALTIMORE – Dimitrios Grifakis, 57, of Kallithea, Greece, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis to six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release,...

June 20, 2011
Total Views: 24

Thursday, June 9, 2011

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...

June 9, 2011
Total Views: 1