New Bedford-Based Fishing Vessel Owner and Operator Fined $1 Million for Illegal Discharges

The owner and operator of a New Bedford, Massachusetts-based fishing vessel fleet have been fined $1 million after pleading guilty to discharging oily bilge water from the vessels’ engine rooms. Sea Harvest, the operator of the fishing vessels Enterprise and Pacific Capes, along with Fishing Vessel Enterprises, the vessels’ owner, pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water … [Read more...]

U.S. Charges Foreign Shipping Companies, Engineer Over Illegal Dumping

The U.S. Justice Department has charged two foreign shipping companies and a first assistant engineer related to the alleged illegal dumping oily bilge water from a tanker near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. A federal grand jury in Oakland indicted Marshall Islands-based FGL Moon Marshall Limited, Singapore-based Unix Line, and engineer Gilbert Dela Cruz, charging the … [Read more...]

Liberian Shipping Companies to Pay $1.8 Million for Environmental Crimes in U.S.

Two Liberia-based shipping companies pled guilty today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, to failing to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of a hazardous condition on one if its vessels, as well as violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by showing false documents to the Coast Guard in an attempt to conceal the pollution. The plea agreement includes a $1.8 … [Read more...]

Portuguese Shipping Company to Pay $1.5 Million Criminal Fine in ‘Magic Pipe’ Case in U.S.

Portuguese shipping company Portline Bulk International has pleaded guilty in federal court Charleston, South Carolina to one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and one count of Obstruction related to use of a so-called “magic pipe” onboard one of its ships calling in the United States. According to Justice Department press release, from April 2017 to … [Read more...]