PIL hit with $3m penalty for waste dumping

Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) has agreed to pay $3m in criminal penalties for illegally dumping waste oil into the ocean at Guam’s Apra Harbour.

The charges were linked to PIL’s 1,080 teu container ship Kota Harum (IMO 9238636) and its visit to Guam in on October 4th 2019, during which the second engineer and chief engineer illegally disposed of bilge water.

The company admitted that it knowingly failed to maintain an accurate oil record book on the Kota Harum. Maung Maung Soe, the chief engineer on the vessel pleaded guilty to failing to maintain an accurate oil record book. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment.

Peng Luo Hai, second engineer, pleaded guilty to knowingly discharging oil – a charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.

2002-built, Singapore-flagged, 13,491 gt Kota Harum is owned and managed by Pacific International Lines of Singapore. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of PIL (Pte) Ltd.