Carbofin fined $2.7m for pollution in the US

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.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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