Odfjell Asia to pay $1.2m penalty for pollution

Singapore: Singapore-based Odfjell Asia II Pte, pleaded guilty this week to a federal court in the US for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and agreed to pay a $1.2m penalty.

The company’s senior engineer Ramil Leuterio, also pleaded guilty to the count of violating the act for his role in directing lower-ranking crew members to make the illegal discharges and for failing to accurately maintain the vessel’s oil record book. He faces a maximum of six years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

If the company’s plea agreement is accepted by the court, around $300,000 of the penalty will go toward the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for projects that preserve and restore the marine environment of Long Island Sound, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut said in a press release. [05/03/14]

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