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Shipping Company Fined for Discharging Oily Wastewater
July 12 — A shipping company that deliberately discharged oily wastewater in U.S. waters will pay a $4 million fine, the U.S. government announced.
Charges of illegal discharges were made against the Irika Shipping Company of Greece. The company pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Maryland, admitting to making illegal discharges and concealing the discharges from the cargo ship M/V Iorana. The Iorana made port calls in Baltimore, Tacoma, Wash., and New Orleans, government officials said.
The ship’s officers used a bypass hose to get around on-board pollution control equipment and dumped 6,000 gallons of oil sludge and bilge waste and plastic bags filled with oil-soaked rags, outside Baltimore in December, 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Crew members were told to lie to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors about waste water treatment and dumping.
The investigation began in January 2010 when a crew member passed a note to the Customs and Border Protection inspector in Baltimore.
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