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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USA – Tanker Owner and Operator to pay $3 million for Air Pollution violation

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tanker owner and operator, as well as the master, chief mate, and chief engineer, have been convicted of violation of the air emission regulations for the US Caribbean Emission Control Area (ECA), recordkeeping requirements, and obstruction of justice.  During 26 separate…

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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 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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United States Vs Inchcape Shipping – $20 million settlement re Overcharging the US Navy for ship husbanding

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, Inchcape) have agreed to pay US$20,000,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the U.S. Navy under contracts for ship husbanding services, the Department of Justice announced today.  Inchcape is a marine services contractor headquartered in the United…

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