The Department of Justice (DoJ
) announced a plea agreement with Singapore-based container ship company, Pacific International Lines
. The terms of the deal is that Pacific will pay $2.2 million in criminal penalties after pleading guilty to three felony charges. These included false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard
, concealing illegal waste water operations and discharges in a falsified oil record book, and operating a vessel in waters of the United States without a functioning oil water separator
, which is a required pollution control device.
On June 22 2012, a Pacific vessel, Southern Lily 2, was boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard for a routine inspection. During the inspection it was discovered that the ship's oil water separator was not functioning. The Coast Guard learned that the device had not been functioning for months and the oily waste water had been being discharged overboard in violation of international law.
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