Two companies that own a Greek ship will pay a steep price for trying to trick the U.S. Coast Guard when the vessel arrived in Puget Sound in late 2015.
A federal judge in Seattle ordered Angelakos SA and Gallia Graeca Shipping LTD to pay $1.3 million in fines and a $200,000 community service payment for violating pollution laws and falsifying records.
“These companies promoted a culture of lies and lawlessness that left a trail of pollution in the Pacific Ocean,” said U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes.
The M/V Gallia Graeca sailed from China to Seattle in October 2015. A pollution control device, called the oil water separator which separates oily bilge water from seawater below decks, was not working.
Instead of filtering the water, as required by law, senior officers on the Gallia Graeca pumped 5,000 gallons of oily bilge water into the Pacific Ocean.
When they arrived in Seattle, the ship’s Chief Engineer rigged the oil water separator to make it look like it was operable.
Coast Guard inspectors uncovered the ruse. The two crewman were sentenced to ten days in a U.S. jail and then were returned home to Greece.