PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Get Paint BidTracker's Water Facility Painting Opportunities of 2015

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Shipper Fined $2.4M for Dumping, Lies

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More items for Environmental Controls

Comment | More

A federal judge has fined Cardiff Marine Inc. $2.4 million and placed the shipping company on three years’ probation after it pled guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

Cardiff Marine Inc.

The Liberian-registered company admitted falsifying records of illegal discharges of oily waste from the M/V Capitola, making false statements to the Coast Guard, and other acts of concealment.

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis of Baltimore imposed sentence Wednesday (Feb. 23). The company will also be subject to an environmental compliance plan that includes audits by an independent third-party auditor.

The company issued no comment on the plea.

Secret Video, ‘Magic Pipe’

The investigation into the M/V Capitola began May 3, 2010, at the Port of Baltimore, after a ship crew member informed a visiting clergyman that there had been "monkey business in the engine room," which involved a "magic pipe," according to court documents.
 
The pipe proved to be a bypass hose that allowed dumping of waste oil overboard, circumventing pollution prevention equipment required by law.

The crew member asked the minister to alert the Coast Guard to the dumping and to pass on a flash drive bearing video taken in the ship's engine room. That triggered an inspection and investigation by the Coast Guard Investigative Service and Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigative Division.

Missing Records

The investigation confirmed that the ship had an illegal discharge system as depicted in the whistleblower's video.  The video showed a black hose tied in several places to overhead piping in the engine room. The hose connected one of the vessel's waste oil tanks to a valve that opened directly to the ocean.

Three engine room crew members, who had served on the ship more than six months, told investigators that a senior engineering officer had directed them multiple times to use the hose to discharge accumulated waste oil, sludge and water from the oil tank overboard.

None of these illegal discharges were recorded in the Oil Record Book, as required by law, the justice department said.

Investigators also learned about a ship document called the Daily Sounding Record, which tracked how much waste oil, sludge and bilge water was in each waste tank on a daily basis.

Authorities said the document would have been useful in comparing waste tank levels to entries in the Oil Record Book, but the senior engineering officer told the Coast Guard that the record did not exist. He said his only records of waste tank levels were on undated scraps of paper.

‘Hold Accountable’

"The Department of Justice will continue to hold shipping companies like Cardiff accountable for breaking the laws that protect our oceans," said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General, Environment & Natural Resources.

"Shippers who fail to record discharges of oily waste, discharge waste illegally, or try to cover up this unacceptable and illegal practice will be prosecuted."

Rear Adm. Dean Lee, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's 5th District, said: “The Coast Guard brings to bear the expertise and detection capability of our marine inspectors, and our partnership with the Department of Justice allows us to hold marine polluters accountable."

Privately owned Cardiff Marine Inc., established in 1986, manages a global fleet in excess of 6 million deadweight tons that serves the dry bulk, container, refrigerated cargo and tanker sectors.

   

Tagged categories: Criminal acts; Environmental Protection; Government; Hazardous waste; Marine; Violations

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors

Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.
IndustrialVacuum.com


Montipower, Inc.
The MBX Bristle Blaster

Get a 2.7 to 3.3 mil profile and a Near White Metal Clean. For info visit www.mbxit.com or call 877 629-8777


Axxiom Manufacturing
Revolutionary Units

By integrating Schmidt's Aftercoolers with our blast pots, these systems remove moisture from air and minimize equipment footprint on jobsite.
Call 1-800-231-2085


Atlantic Design, Inc.
MORE THAN JUST A SALES PITCH!

Simplicity! Dependability! Safety! We’ve built these features into every cleverly engineered inch of our newest models. It’s all there. 866.Call.ADI


ITW Binks
Built for Tough Jobs

From Epoxies to Urethanes to other high solid coatings, the new Binks Airless 75 delivers a great finish using an ergonomic design. Visit binks.com for more information.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com