Transport Minister David Collenette has announced that the Cayman Island registered vessel, M.V. Scarab, has been prosecuted for unlawfully discharging approximately 380 litres of an oily substance in Canadian waters.
Following the Government of Canada’s investigation of the incident, the operator of the vessel pleaded guilty and was fined $45,000.
“Transport Canada is committed to ensuring safe and environmentally responsible commercial marine operations in Canadian waters,” said . Collenette. “The successful prosecution of this marine polluter is an example of how Transport Canada, together with its international and domestic partners, is actively working towards the elimination of ship-source pollution in Canadian waters.”
On April 19, 2001, Transport Canada initiated an investigation after an oily discharge was detected approximately 64 miles south-south-east of St. John’s, Newfoundland, by a Fisheries and Oceans Canada surveillance aircraft during a routine patrol in the area. The vessel, which was proceeding outbound from Botwood, Newfoundland, was observed trailing a 2.1 kilometre slick of an oily substance. The pollution incident was photographed and recorded by the aerial surveillance team, and reported to the vessel.
At the request of Transport Canada, Greek authorities boarded the vessel on its arrival in Piraeus, Greece, to collect evidence for the Canadian investigation.
Following the investigation, charges were laid under Section 664 of the Canada Shipping Act.
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