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Company fined US$750,000 for waste disposal
Thursday, 07 April 2016 17:41

Doorae Shipping, a South Korean maritime operations company, has been sentenced by a Hawaiian court for illegally discharging bilge water from its vessel and for making false statements to the US Coast Guard.

The company was ordered to pay a fine of US$750,000, a community service payment of $200,000, and a term of two years of probation for the failure to maintain an accurate oil record book and for lying to the USCG about the discharge of oil contaminated bilge water from the oil tanker ‘B. Sky’.

The chief engineer of the ‘B. Sky’, Jeung Mun, discharged just under 2,000 litres of oily machinery space bilge water directly into the ocean instead of through an oil water separator. Doorae pled guilty to the charges lodged against them.

Vessels are required to keep up to date records on any overboard discharges of oil-contaminated water for inspection, which Mun failed to do so. Mun will appear in court for sentencing on July 27, 2016.