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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