Illegally Dumped Oil Waste Costs Shippers $1.25M

Law360, New York (October 22, 2009, 1:16 PM EDT) -- A Panamanian shipping company has agreed to pay $1.25 million in fines after pleading guilty to deliberately concealing the discharge of residual oil sludge from one of its oil tankers.

Defendant Styga Compania Naviera SA signed off on a plea agreement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Wednesday, accepting three felony violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to properly maintain the oil record book of the 40,000-ton oil tanker M/T Georgios M.

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