US authorities on Tuesday fined the South Korean owners of tanker B. Pacific $275,000 for breaking a pollution law off Hawaii.
The company Doorae Shipping – a repeat offender – pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to log the movement of 5,400 gallons of contaminated bilge water in an unapproved space on the ship on multiple dates in July.
It was the second time in four months that the company was penalized for pollution offences in Hawaiian waters.
In the previous instance Doorae was fined $900,000 in April after a case brought by the US Department of Justice.
Those offences, committed in February, involved oily bilge water being dumped into the sea from the vessel B. Sky. Crew failed to accurately record that dumping and made false statements to investigators.