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Blowing the Whistle on Environmental Abuse: Investigation of Kanto Kosan for Wastewater Dumping at Naval Bases in Japan

Posted  12/6/19
fleet of navy ships
Earlier this week, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Navy’s law enforcement arm, announced that it was investigating contractor Kanto Kosan for allegedly dumping wastewater from warships at harbors in Navy bases in Japan. The investigation was triggered by a tip submitted to Japanese Customs. The FBI and Department of Justice have also joined the investigation. According to the Wall Street...

Catch of the Week — Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines

Posted  06/7/19
plastic waste dumped on ocean beach
Carnival Cruise Lines and subsidiary Princess will pay $20 million in criminal penalties for environmental transgressions and violations of probation. Princess and parent Carnival are just over two years into a five-year probation term that stems from Princess’s April 2017 felony conviction for deliberately dumping oil-contaminated wastewater into the open ocean and then engaging in an intentional coverup of its...

June 3, 2019

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. and its parent company Carnival Cruise Lines & plc will pay a $20 million criminal penalty for violating its probation resulting from a 2017 criminal proceeding in which the companies paid a $40 million penalty.  The companies were subject to ongoing compliance monitoring as a result of the earlier proceeding, and that monitoring detected numerous ongoing violations.  Defendants admitted to failing to implement an effective compliance program, seeking to evade their compliance obligations, falsifying records, and illegally discharging waste.  DOJ

November 27, 2018

Greek shipping companies Avin International LTD and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises will pay a $4 million criminal fine for their actions in discharging oil in the ports of Houston and Port Arthur in violation of the Clean Water Act.  The discharges were not recorded in oil record books as required under MARPOL and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.  DOJ

November 2, 2018

German shipping company MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH was sentenced following its guilty plea related to deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita.  The company will pay a $3.2 million criminal fine for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and using falsified log books to conceal discharges of oily bilge waste in Portland, Maine. DOJ

May 24, 2018

Two Honolulu-based fishing companies, their managers, and vessel operators, agreed to pay collective penalties of more than $42,000 to settle claims related to the discharge of oily waste into ocean waters from two commercial fishing vessels; the companies and individuals also agreed to implement operational improvements and other compliance measures. USAO DHI

May 10, 2018

Japanese shipping company Nitta Kisen Kaisha Ltd. was convicted and sentenced for falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional oil pollution from the Motor Vessel Atlantic Oasis. The company was ordered to pay a fine of $1 million. DOJ

June 20, 2017

Egyptian-based Egyptian Tanker Company and Singapore-based Thome Ship Management pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1.9 million penalty for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and for obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage from one of their ships into the sea. DOJ

April 19, 2017

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. was sentenced to pay a $40 million penalty related to illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges.  It was the largest-ever penalty for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution.  The court also ordered that a $1 million whistleblower reward be awarded to the British engineer who first reported the illegal discharges to the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which in turn provided the evidence to the U.S. Coast Guard. DOJ
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