German Shipping Corporations Convicted of Environmental Crimes

San Diego - As admitted at the time of the plea, on August 5, 2014, personnel from the United States Coast Guard boarded the vessel after its entry into the Port of San Diego, California.

San Diego - Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel “Nils B” pleaded guilty to an environmental crime in federal court today, admitting that they knowingly failed to keep records related to the discharge of sludge into the ocean. W. BOCKSTIEGEL REEDEREI GmBH & CO. KG (which operated the vessel) and W. Bockstiegel GmBH & Co. Reederei KG MS “NILS B” (which owned the vessel), pleaded guilty to one felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, 33 U.S.C. § 1908(a), for failing to accurately maintain an Oil Record Book for the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B. By not maintaining an accurate Oil Record Book, the firms failed to disclose that oil contaminated water had been discharged into the ocean from the vessel without the use of pollution prevention equipment.
As admitted at the time of the plea, on August 5, 2014, personnel from the United States Coast Guard boarded the vessel after its entry into the Port of San Diego, California. Once onboard, the Coast Guard discovered that the crew had failed to keep an Oil Record Book for a significant period of time, modifications had been made to piping coming from the Oil Water Separator, and oil was discovered in discharge piping that should not have been present... READ MORE

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