Japanese Shipper Pays $1.8M Over Illegal Oil Disposal

Law360, New York (February 3, 2015, 2:57 PM EST) -- A Japanese shipper pled guilty and agreed to pay $1.8 million over allegations that it deliberately discharged oil residue and bilge water overboard from a cargo vessel and failed to maintain an accurate oil record book, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

Hachiuma Steamship Co. Ltd. will pay $250,000 to an unnamed whistleblower onboard the M/V Selene Leader, a vessel operated and managed by the shipper, and $450,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to fund projects benefiting the Chesapeake Bay as part of the penalty for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The company was...

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