German Company Fined For Illegal Discharges In Atlantic

Nov 5, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine - A federal judge has ordered a shipping company that illegally discharged wastewater to pay a $3.2 million criminal fine and institute an environmental compliance plan.

German shipping company MST pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of justice and maintaining false records to conceal pollution from the M/V Marguerita, which made ports of call in Portland, Maine.
 
Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark called the company a "repeat offender'' that has shown "contempt for the rule of law.'' MST was convicted of similar environmental crimes in Minnesota in 2016.
 
In Maine, the company installed a system that bypassed pollution prevention control equipment, allowing discharges of oily mixtures and wastewater in 2016 and 2017.
 
The scheme was uncovered by a whistleblower. The chief engineer who allegedly orchestrated the illegal discharges has been fired.