Shipping Company Ordered To Pay $750K For Dumping Oily Water Off Alaska
A German shipping company that admitted last month to dumping oily water into the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska early this year was ordered Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to pay $750,000 in fines and community service payments.
(From Alaska Dispatch News / by Lisa Demer) — Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG, which already was on criminal probation for another pollution case, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Tim Burgess to serve another three years of probation. In addition, it must establish an “environmental compliance plan” that will require shipwide protocols for each of its seven vessels that sail in U.S. waters and an auditor to inspect and ensure that the plan is being followed. The company’s ships also are under heightened scrutiny through searches without warrants if there’s a reasonable suspicion of a crime, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
It’s the second criminal case of oil dumping by a cargo ship off Alaska resolved in the last 10 days, said Kevin Feldis, first assistant U.S. attorney in Alaska. In the other case, AML Ship Management GmbH admitted that a ship carrying vehicles, the City of Tokyo, dumped oily wastewater in U.S. waters off Alaska back in August. AML was sentenced May 26.
“It’s unusual to have two cases back to back like this,” said Feldis, who along with Yvonne Lamoureux prosecuted the cases. “It’s indicative of a continuing problem of oil pollution from vessels.”
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