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US fines tanker firm $2.25m for pollution cover-up

2 March 2018

A US court has fined a tanker company USD2.25 million for discharging oil and rubbish into the sea, and then attempting to cover it up.

Sea World Management & Trading and Edmon Fajardo, master of the tanker Sea Faith, admitted illegally dumping oil residues and bilge water directly into the sea off the Texas coast and failing to record this in the vessel's record books. The master had ordered the crew to bypass pollution prevention equipment and dump the oily waste directly into the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico on five occasions in March 2017. He also ordered crew members to throw plastics, empty steel drums, oily rags, batteries and empty paint cans directly overboard.

As well as paying a fine, the company will serve a three-year probation. Fajardo received a six-month jail sentence, two years' supervised release and a USD2,000 fine.

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