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News ID: 71589 |
Publish Date: 09:19 - 16 January 2017

Greek Shipping Companies Sentenced To Pay $2.7 Million For Ocean Pollution

two Greek shipping companies were sentenced on 11 January, to pay corporate penalties totaling $2.7 million after being convicted for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and conspiracy.

Greek Shipping Companies Sentenced To Pay $2.7 Million For Ocean Pollution
According to MANA, each company was ordered to pay part of its penalty to Gray’s Reef National
  Marine Sanctuary in recognition of the threat posed by illegal discharges of oily waste to the marine environment.
The case stems from an inspection of the M/V Ocean Hope, a large cargo ship, conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina.
 Oceanfleet Shipping Limited, the vessel’s operator, was sentenced to pay a $1,350,000 fine and make a $450,000 community service payment to Gray’s Reef. Oceanic Illsabe Limited, the vessel’s corporate owner, was sentenced to pay a $675,000 fine and make a $225,000 community service payment to the reef. Each company was placed on a five-year term of probation and barred from sending ships to United States ports until its financial penalty has been satisfied.
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