Liberian Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay $2.4 Million

Cardiff Marine Inc, a Liberian-registered shipping company, was sentenced today in federal court in Baltimore after pleading guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.  The company admitted falsifying records of illegal discharges of oily waste from the M/V Capitola , making false statements to the Coast Guard and other acts of concealment.  U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Cardiff to pay a $2.4 million fine and serve three years probation, subject to an environmental compliance plan that includes audits by an independent third party auditor.

“Cardiff Marine blatantly violated the law by dumping oil in the ocean and then lying to the Coast Guard about it,” said U.S. Attorney Rosenstein.  “As part of the punishment for this crime, Cardiff Marine will pay a fine of $2.4 million, and Cardiff will remain under court supervision for three years.”

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