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An Italian shipping company admitted discharging oily waste and other pollutants into the sea and then lying about it, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark announced.

The company, d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an information charging it with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Under terms of the plea agreement, d’Amico will pay a $4 million penalty and be placed on probation for four years.

Tanker CIELO DI LONDRA at Grand Harbour, Malta back to April 2006.

During probation, the company will be subject to the terms of an environmental compliance program that requires outside audits by an independent company and oversight by a court-appointed monitor.

Tanker HIGH CURRENT off Grand Harbour, Malta back to 9th January, 2010.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court – The charge to which d’Amico pleaded guilty related to the deliberate concealment of vessel pollution from an oil tanker – the CIELO DI MILANO owned by company, which visited ports in New Jersey multiple times, as well as ports in Maryland and Florida. The company admitted that the ship’s crew intentionally bypassed required pollution prevention equipment by discharging machinery space bilge water and oily waste from the vessel’s engine room through its sewage system into the sea. The company also admitted that crew members falsified the vessel’s Oil Record Book, a required log regularly inspected by the Coast Guard; made false statements to the Coast Guard during its inspection of the tanker CIELO DI MILANO in January 2015; and destroyed the vessel’s sounding log after the Coast Guard had boarded the vessel.

The company admitted the following in a detailed joint factual statement filed in Court:

The proposed $4 million penalty includes $1 million in organizational community service payments to restore the coastal environment of New Jersey. The plea agreement directs funds to environmental projects that will be selected by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support the cleanup of marine pollution, preservation of aquatic life, and restoration of the shorelines around Newark Bay.

Tanker HIGH PROGRESS berthed at the Oil Tanking Jetty 3, Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta back to February 2003.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General Clark credited special agents of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Cox and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Eric J. O’Hearn, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathleen P. O’Leary of the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit and Kelly Graves of the Organized Crime Unit in Newark.

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