Greek company pleads guilty for hiding ship's pollution

2015-10-28 08:05
(Eric Gay, AP)

(Eric Gay, AP)

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Corpus Christi - A ship management company based in Greece has agreed to pay $1m in penalties after concealing that a ship it owned had dumped pollution into waters off the Texas Gulf Coast.

Chandris (Hellas) pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Corpus Christi federal court to violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

According to court records, the chief engineer of the M/V Sestrea, an 81 502 ton cargo ship Chandris operated failed to document that the ship had dumped directly into the sea oily waste that should have been disposed through a separator aboard the vessel or burned in the ship's incinerator.

The ship had made stops in multiple ports in Texas, including Corpus Christi in January.

Chandris was also sentenced to three years of probation.

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