NORFOLK, Virginia – A Cyprus-based shipping company has been fined $ 2 million after pleading guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia to violating the law to prevent pollution from ships.
According to court documents, Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (DWM) operates several commercial vessels. From mid-April 2020 until the vessel’s arrival at Newport News on June 10, 2020, crew members aboard M / V Protefs knowingly failed to record overboard discharges from oily hold in the vessel’s oil log.
Court documents say the crew used the ship’s emergency dewatering system to illegally dump the oily water directly into the Atlantic Ocean.
The ship also arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 1, 2020 with a knowingly bogus booklet.
Chief Engineer Vener Dailisan, 47, pleaded guilty on December 18, 2020 to making a false statement to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors about the existence of a poll log, which is routinely sought by inspectors to verify the accuracy of the oil balance sheet. delivered.
“We are firmly committed to upholding federal environmental laws and will not tolerate any conduct that pollutes our water, endangers natural ecosystems and endangers our wildlife,” said Raj Parekh, Acting United States Attorney for the State. eastern district of Virginia. “As this case demonstrates, those who contaminate our most precious natural resources by illegally dumping hazardous waste into the ocean will be held accountable, especially if they tamper with their records to avoid detection.”
DWM received a four-year probation sentence, a $ 2 million fine, and oversight as part of an environmental compliance plan.