Greek shipping firm fined $1.3 million by Philly federal court

A Greek ship management firm has pleaded guilty to violating American pollution control law and was fined $1.3 million, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

The M/V Quantum, a freighter owned by, Pendulum Shipmanagement Inc., failed to follow rules governing the discharge of oily waste.

On July 3, 2008, the M/V Quantum arrived in Philadelphia and a Coast Guard inspection “of the ship and discovered evidence indicating that the M/V Quantum’s Oily Water Separator was not working properly and that as a result, the ship discharged oily waste directly overboard since at least May of 2008,” according to the government.

“In an effort to hide the contamination of the M/V Quantum’s ballast system, the crew of the vessel installed a false hose into a ballast tank sounding tube that was closed at one end and filled with sea water to make it appear that the ballast tank contained clean water when, in fact, it was contaminated with fuel oil.”

The plea agreement is below.

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