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...]

d’Amico Shipping to Pay $4 Million Fine for Illegal Discharges and Cover-Up

Italy-based shipping company d’Amico Shipping will pay a $4 million fine and serve probation in the United States after admitting to investigators that one of its ships discharged oily waste and other pollutants into the sea and they then tried to cover it up. The company pleaded guilty on Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an … [Read more...]