Portuguese Shipper Pays $1M To Settle Pollution Charges

Law360, Dallas (April 22, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT) -- Portuguese shipper Cimpship Transportes Maritimos SA paid $1 million to settle charges it conspired to willfully pollute waterways in East Texas by failing to maintain an oil record book, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

The settlement allowed Cimpship to pay a $1 million community service payment, used for two Texas environmental conservation projects, in lieu of prosecution on 18 counts related to the company's alleged failure to keep proper records on board its 38,000-ton bulk freight carrier Niebla, which shipped cargo from several Gulf...
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