PIL cops $3m fine over Guam spill

The woes continue to mount for Pacific International Lines (PIL). The Singapore line has agreed to pay $3m in criminal penalties for illegally dumping waste oil into the ocean at Guam’s Apra Harbor and then attempting to cover up the crime.

The charges are linked to PIL’s 1,080 teu Kota Harum and a call to Guam 15 months ago.

On October 4, 2019, the second engineer and chief engineer illegally disposed of bilge water. The company admitted it knowingly failed to maintain an accurate oil record book on the Kota Harum.

Maung Maung Soe, chief engineer of the Kota Harum, pleaded guilty to failing to maintain an accurate oil record book. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment.

Peng Luo Hai, second engineer of the Kota Harum, pleaded guilty to knowingly discharging oil – a charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.

PIL has been in financial straits for the last two years and is close to getting bailed out by a unit of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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