MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), was
sentenced and ordered to pay a USD 3.2 million criminal fine due to hiding
Department of Justice, the company pleaded guilty and was sentenced
in Portland, Maine, for obstruction of justice and maintaining false official
records to conceal deliberate pollution from its ship the M/V Marguerita.
falsified log books to hide intentional discharges of oily bilge waste
occurring over a nine-month period during which the ship regularly made port
calls in Portland, Maine.
filed in court, MST discharged oily bilge waste from the Marguerita through the
use of a so-called “magic pipe” that bypasses required pollution prevention
agreement, the company was ordered to pay a USD 3.2 million fine and serve a
four-year term of probation during which vessels operated by the company will
be required to implement an environmental compliance plan, including
inspections by an independent auditor.
based in Bavaria, Germany, was convicted of
similar environmental crimes in the District of Minnesota in 2016.
case involved the falsification of the oil record book for the M/V Cornelia,
which concealed deliberate discharges of oil-contaminated bilge waste,
including discharges into the Great Lakes.
of Minnesota when it committed the crimes charged in Maine.