March 6, 2015
Italian shipping company Carbofin S.p.A.
(which owns and operates the M/T Marigola
) was sentenced to pay an overall criminal penalty of $2.75 million for knowingly falsifying the vessel’s oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). During 2013 and 2014, on numerous international voyages, senior members of the crew of the M/T Marigola
directed the installation and use of a so-called “magic hose” to dispose of sludge, waste oil and oil-contaminated bilge water directly into the sea bypassing required pollution prevention equipment. US Coast Guard inspectors learned of the violations from two junior engineering crew members of the ship. DOJ