October 21, 2016
Gallia Graeca Shipping Ltd.
and Angelakos (Hellas) S.A.
, the companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel, were sentenced to a $1.3 million fine for the dumping of oily waste at sea. In June, they were found guilty of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, falsifying records in a federal investigation and engaging in a scheme to defraud the United States. According to the evidence at trial, the defendants' cargo ship named the M/V Gallia Graeca
travelled from China to Seattle with an inoperable pollution-control device and discharged overboard approximately 5,000 gallons of oily bilge water. The defendants then concealed it from the Coast Guard by making false statements to inspectors and making false statements and omissions in the ship’s oil record book. DOJ