Monday, February 2, 2015

Japanese Operator to Pay $1.8 Million Over ‘Magic Pipe’

The operator of a car carrier calling at Port of Baltimore has plead guilty and was sentenced to pay $1.8 million over charges stemming from the use of a so-called magic pipe.

February 2, 2015
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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
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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: 30

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
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arab Ship Management Pleads Guilty in ‘Magic Pipe’ Case

Jordan-based Arab Ship Management has pleaded guilty in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware to one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships stemming from a so-called ‘magic pipe’ incident onboard one of their livestock carriers.

May 20, 2014
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ship Operator in Texas Spill on Probation for ‘Magic Pipe’ Pollution Case

The operator of the bulk carrier that collided with a barge carrying fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel was on probation for a 2011 federal pollution violation.

March 25, 2014
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Odfjell Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in ‘Magic Pipe’ Case, Faces Prison

Singapore-based shipping company Odfjell Asia has pleaded guilty to federal pollution charges and agreed pay a $1.2 million fine in relation to yet another "magic pipe" case onboard one of their ships.

March 5, 2014
Total Views: 31

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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Maritime News

Marine Managers Frustrated Over Alleged Magic Pipe Incident

Captain Marcos Papadopoulos, a 50-year maritime industry veteran and CEO of Greek shipping firm, Marine Managers Ltd. expressed nothing but absolute frustration in a phone call this morning over an alleged...

January 28, 2014
Total Views: 4

Friday, December 6, 2013
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Diana Shipping Sentenced to Pay $1.1 Million Fine Over ‘Magic Pipe’ Conviction

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) said this week that its subsidiary, Diana Shipping Services, has been sentenced to pay a $1.1 million fine and serve 3.5 years probation.

December 6, 2013
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Friday, August 9, 2013
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Diana Shipping and Shipboard Engineers Convicted in “Magic Pipe” Case

Chief Engineer Ioannis Prokakis and 2nd Engineer Antonios Boumpoutelos, both Greek citizens, along with their employer, Diana Shipping Services S.A., were judged guilty yesterday in a U.S. district court on...

August 9, 2013
Total Views: 23

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: 159

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PIL Sentenced to Pay $2.2 Million for Environmental Crimes

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. this week sentenced the Singapore-based container shipping company, Pacific International Lines (PIL), to pay $2.2 million as part of a plea agreement stemming from illegal...

February 26, 2013
Total Views: 38

Friday, November 2, 2012

German Shipowners Plead Guilty in “Magic Pipe” Case

WASHINGTON – Two German shipping companies pleaded guilty today in federal court in Houston to criminal charges that they concealed the illegal dumping of oil at sea using the infamous...

November 2, 2012
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cleopatra Shipping Agency Pleads Guilty in ‘Magic Pipe’ Case

VESSEL COMPANY ADMITS POLLUTION BATON ROUGE, LA (September 12, 2012) – United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that, yesterday, CLEOPATRA SHIPPING AGENCY, LTD., a Greek vessel management company,...

September 12, 2012
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Abracadabra! Italian Shipowner, Chief Engineer Pull Jail Time and Fine From “Magic Pipe”

A federal court in Mobile, AL on Wednesday handed down a stiff fine and jail time to an Italian-based shipping company and one of it’s Chief Engineers who had been...

August 16, 2012
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Bilge Dump CSI: AIS Helps ID Vessel Responsible for Oil Slick Off Angola

On April 6th, satellite-image-monitoring-environmental group SkyTruth identified a 92-mile slick off Congo and Angola captured in the above photo that was likely the result of a discharge of oily bilge...

June 22, 2012
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

US Judge Awards MARPOL Whistleblower $462,500

A federal judge in the United States has awarded Salvador Lopez, a former 3rd Engineer from the MV AQUAROSA, $462,500.  The court’s order is provided here.  But there may be even...

April 17, 2012
Total Views: 2

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: 13

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: 27