Monday, June 8, 2009

STX Pan Ocean fined for intentional pollution

It's one thing when there is accidental pollution. That's bad enough.

But, it certainly gives the entire international shipping community a bad reputation, when a company intentionally pollutes, and lies about it.

From the Journal of Commerce

Korean company pleads guilty to dumping oily waste water off Fla.

The corporate owner of a Korean-flag bulk carrier will pay a $2.2 million fine for violating U.S. oil pollution laws, the Justice Department announced Friday.

STX Pan Ocean, which operates the M/V Ocean Jade, pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy and making false statements and records in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla. They were charged with dumping oily waste and waste water overboard between July and October 2008, then falsifying log books and lying to Coast Guard inspectors.

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