Judge Fines Ship Owner, Operator $2.4M For Illegal Dumping

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 6:01 PM EST) -- A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday ordered two shipping companies to pay a total $2.4 million after they pled guilty to four felony counts associated with multiple deliberate releases, over a period of nine months, of waste oil and plastic garbage into the ocean from a cargo ship.

Efploia Shipping, which operates the ship M/V Aquarosa, and owner Aquarosa Shipping, in separate plea agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice, copped to charges of obstruction of justice, making material false statements, knowingly failing to maintain an...
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