Irika Gets Thrashed For Trash – Again

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Sep 242010
 

imageUS District Judge J Frederick Motz sentenced Irika Shipping SA, a ship management corporation registered in Panama and doing business in Greece, to pay a $4 million penalty, which includes a $3 million criminal fine and $1 million in organizational community service payments that will fund various marine environmental projects. Judge Motz also sentenced Irika to serve the maximum of five years probation, subject to following a compliance program that includes audits by an independent firm and oversight by a court appointed monitor.

Judge Motz also ordered that four crewmembers that notified authorities about illegal discharges of oil and plastic from the M/V Iorana, a Greek flagged cargo ship, should split a $500,000 award under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships which provides that whistleblowers may receive an award of up to one-half of fines collected under that statute.

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Ship Management $4 Million Hit for Concealment

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Jul 212010
 

image WASHINGTON – Irika Shipping S.A., a ship management corporation registered in Panama and doing business in Greece, pleaded guilty on 8 July, 2010 , before Maryland US District Court Judge Frederick J. Motz, to felony obstruction of justice charges and violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships related to concealing deliberate vessel pollution from the M/V Iorana , a Greek flagged cargo ship that made port calls in Baltimore, Tacoma, Wash., and New Orleans. Continue reading »

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