Italian shipping firm fined $4 million in US waste oil dumping case

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Apr 21, 2019-

NEW JERSEY: An Italian shipping company admitted in the US to dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea rather than paying to dispose of them properly, and will pay a $4 million fine. US authorities in New Jersey say d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. pleaded guilty Wednesday in Newark to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The charge involved the oil tanker Cielo di Milano that visited ports in New Jersey, Maryland and Florida multiple times in 2014 and 2015. The Palermo-based company admitted that the ship’s crew intentionally discharged bilge water and oily waste from the vessel’s engine room into the sea, according to court documents. It also admitted falsifying and destroying records, and lying to the Coast Guard during inspections. According to statements made in court, and in court documents, the company admitted the ship’s crew intentionally bypassed required pollution prevention equipment by discharging bilge water and oily waste from the vessel’s engine room through its sewage system into the sea. Some of the discharges were made within the 200-mile (321-kilometer) territorial limits of the US. One chief engineer falsified the ship’s Oil Record Book to state that bilge water had been processed through the vessel’s pollution control equipment when, in fact it had not. And the crew routinely hid equipment used to conduct the discharges when the vessel entered port.  (AP)

Published: 21-04-2019 11:28

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