Posted on December 14, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Piraeus-based Greek Shipping Company, Navimax Corporation, a subsidiary of Greek shipowner Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., has been fined $2,000,000 USD by a federal district court judge in the United states for discharging oily waste at sea.
Authorities discovered in 2017, that the company had been dumping waste into international waters. Navimax was charged with breaching the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, as well as obstructing a Coast Guard investigation.
Back in December 2017, the US Coast Guard was conducting a routine inspection of the Nave Cielo, a 750-ft oil tanker operated by Navimax registered to the Cayman Islands, when they were approached by a crew member who provided them with a thumb drive with two videos.
According to the department of Justice, the videos depicted a high-volume discharge of dark brown and black oil waste from a 5-inch pipe exiting the ship’s hull.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the discharge occurred on November the 2nd 2017, in international waters while the vessel was transiting from New Orleans to Belgium.
During the inspection, the crewmembers presented the authorities with the ship’s Oil Record Book, which did not include the discharge in question.
The Delaware District Court forced Navimax to immediately pay a fine of $2,000,000 USD and placed the company on probation for four years.
“The defendant violated environmental laws that protect our marine environment from harmful pollution. The message to the shipping industry is clear: Environmental crimes at sea will not be tolerated. The conviction and criminal fine, reinforced by a four-year term of probation, during which the defendant’s fleet of ships will be monitored, ensures that defendant is held accountable.” Said in a statement, the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, David C. Weiss.
The vessel’s former chief officer, Roman Maksymov, was also sentenced for violating federal law.
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