Rome: Italian shipowner Carbofin has been fined $2.7m by an American court for illegally discharging oil and waste into US waters.
The LPG carrier Marigola (17,918 cbm, built 1999) was found to have dumped the waste on several occasions in 2013 and 2014.
Prosecutors at the federal court in Tampa, FL, said the vessel’s logs had been falsified to indicate that waste had been handled properly.
Carbofin, which owns and operates a fleet of eight LNG and LPG carriers, is also under investigation for possible falsification of records onboard two of its other vessels.
About $600,000 of the fine will be allocated to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, reports say.