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...]

Russian Captain Acquitted of MARPOL Violations in U.S.

A jury in the Western District of Louisiana has acquitted the Russian Master of an oil tanker on all charges related to illegal discharges from the vessel. After spending more than 19 months detained in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Captain Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, Master of the oil tanker RIDGEBURY ALEXANDRA Z, will now be able to return to Russia following his complete acquittal … [Read more...]