USA: Singaporean Company Convicted for Concealing Illegal Discharges of Oily Water to the sea

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Unix Line PTE Ltd., a Singapore-based shipping company, pleaded guilty in federal court to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson of the Northern District of California and U.S. Coast Guard…

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USA: Satellites helped save a record 421 lives in 2019

(http://www.Maritimecyprus.com) The USA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, or COSPAS-SARSAT, which uses a network of U.S. and international spacecraft to detect and locate distress signals from emergency beacons aboard aircraft, boats and from handheld Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)…

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USA: Shipmanager Fined US$ 1.75 Million for pollution violations in Hawaii

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Singapore based Shipmanagement Company, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tank vessel Topaz Express, a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson of the District of Hawaii accepted…

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Updates and Reminders on the Use of Exhaust Gas Scrubbers in US Waters (IMO 2020 sulphur cap)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The USCG issued an update to their policy letter, CVC Policy Letter 12-04, to remove a request for correspondence from Flag administrations on granted equivalencies. The USCG will instead be verifying this information through the IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). Provided the systems are tested, surveyed, and verified in accordance with MEPC…

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Sanctions violations: US charges Turkey’s state-run bank.

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) State-owned Turkish bank Halkbank has been criminally charged in an indictment for involvement in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. Prosecutors in New York on October 15 alleged the bank had protection from high-level Iranian and Turkish government officials as it engaged in widespread fraud and money laundering using a vast, complex network…

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Sanctions – A guide for Owners and Charterers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Sanctions are increasingly being used by the United States and the European Union, and other bodies and countries, as a tool to accomplish foreign and economic policy goals and to be a visible sign of disapproval of another country’s conduct. Sanctions are an ever more popular tool used by the United Nations, the United…

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