|.: DUMPING OF WASTE AT SEA :.|
On 05th April 2006, the owner and the master of a Bahamas registered container ship were found guilty of polluting French waters in 2005 and a French court slapped a fine of $ 980,000 (Appx 800,000 Euro) by a French Court. This is said to be a record fine. On the same day, the Chief Engineer of a Panamanian registered container ship was fined $ 3,500/- , sentenced to two months imprisonment and the owner of the ship was fined $ 10.5 million by a US District Court for being guilty of illegal dumping of oily sludge into the ocean. This is said to be the largest criminal fine paid by a defendant in an environmental case.
Whoever violates the MARPOL and other international legislation on environmental pollution deserves to be punished as per law. The seafaring community is more concerned about environmental pollution. They breathe the air of this planet and they are more worried about atmospheric pollution. They are law abiding global citizens. The millions of vehicles plying on land pollute the air each moment and every day. No one attempts to blow the whistle at it. But when something goes wrong at sea, the entire world stands up pointing a finger at seafarers, forgetting the fact that without shipping industry half of the population will starve and the rest will die. When an accident or a mishap occurs at sea the seafarers braves their lives to avert pollution.
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