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$2.2 Million Fine For Oil Pollution

By February 27, 2013

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oil 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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March 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm
(1) Ciaran O'Hara says:

How many ships dump their oil and waste into the ocean? I am guessing its thousands and I guess that most of those don’t even fear being caught. Its a big fine but I am sure it is well deserved.

March 4, 2013 at 7:02 am
(2) John Biddle says:

The fine sounds very large for a small…ish infraction. Pollution is not a good thing for the oceans and the creatures that live in it, but the fine seems very large.

March 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(3) Matt James says:

Oil pollution is very bad for marine life so I am pleased to see that at least one shipping line did not get away with it. Although I am sure that this may only be the one out of a hundred that got caught.

March 5, 2013 at 10:57 am
(4) Venkat Mukopadhyay says:

Pleasing to see such a very large fine for the pollution from a shipping vessel. I hope it will be a deterrent for ships that are thinking that they can jump dump their waste into the sea. It not only causes problems for the oceans, but also for the beaches where it washes up.

March 6, 2013 at 7:53 am
(5) Yusuf says:

Right step in the right direction.

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