SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — U.S. attorney Annette L. Hayes
for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington announced last week that the owners and operators of a Greek shipping vessel will pay $1.3 million for allegations of dumping oily waste into the sea.
The ship operator, Angelakos (Hellas) SA, and
the ship owner, Gallia Graeca Shipping Ltd., allegedly violated the Act to
Prevent Pollution from Ships, falsified records and engaged in a scheme to defraud
the United States.
“These companies promoted a culture of lies and lawlessness
that left a trail of pollution in the Pacific Ocean,” Hayes said.
“Knowing the Coast Guard was going to do an inspection of their shipping
vessel, corporate managers allowed the chief engineer to present falsified
documents. The significant fines imposed in this case send a clear
message that those who spoil our environment by putting their business
interests ahead of our laws will be held responsible.”
Coast Guard inspectors allegedly examined the ship and found evidence that oily water had been discharged from the ship three
times on a recent journey.
“The Coast Guard will protect our marine environment through
coordination with international, national, regional and local partners and will
promote sustainable development of our nation’s ocean resources by enforcing
pollution prevention laws and regulations and maintaining a robust vessel
inspection program,” said Joe Raymond, Coast
Guard captain of the Port Puget Sound.