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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Carnival Corporation agrees to pay $20 million Probation settlement over pollution violations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Carnival Corp. reached a settlement with federal prosecutors in which the world’s largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty because its ships continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction aimed at curbing similar conduct. Senior U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz approved the agreement after Carnival CEO Arnold Donald…

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USA – Greek shipping firm indicted for MARPOL violations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware USA, returned a four-count indictment today charging Evridiki Navigation Inc., Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc., and Nikolaos Vastardis with failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, and obstruction of justice, the Justice Department announced. According to the indictment, the charges stem from the falsification of…

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USA – Greek Ship Management Company indicted for falsification of Pollution Records

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware, returned a six-count indictment charging Chartworld Shipping Corporation, Nederland Shipping Corporation, and Chief Engineer Vasileios Mazarakis with failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering, the Justice Department announced. The charges stem from the falsification of records and other…

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