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NKK vessel illegally discharges oily waste, fined $1 million

Nitta Kisen Kaisha engineers on board the Atlantic Oasis failed to document discharge from fuel purifiers.

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The United States Department of Justice Thursday issued a $1 million fine to Japanese shipping company Nitta Kisen Kaisha (NKK) for obstruction of justice and falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional oil pollution from the firm’s owned and operated Atlantic Oasis.

NKK admitted that its engineers failed to document the illegal discharge of oily wastes from the vessel’s fuel and lubrication oil purifier systems, as well as discharges of oily bilge waste from the bilge holding tank and from the vessel’s bilges.

During a U.S. Coast Guard inspection of the vessel on May 17, 2017, a junior engineering crewmember provided information to the inspectors about how the oily wastes were being discharged by the order of Chief Engineer Jihnyun Youn, who had previously been convicted and sentenced for falsification of the vessel’s Oil Record Book. 

The crewmember also showed U.S. Coast Guard inspectors where the hoses that were used for the discharges were hidden.

Chief Engineer Youn lied to the inspectors about the existence of a Sounding Log, which is typically used in the industry to record the fluid levels of various tanks in the engine room. By the end of the inspection, Chief Engineer Youn had admitted to ordering the illegal discharges and admitted that there was a Sounding Log.

Due to the development, NKK was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000,000; placed on probation for a period of three years; and further ordered to implement a court-approved comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan as a special condition of probation, which will be audited throughout probation.

Chief Engineer Youn was placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay a fine of $5,500.00.   

“This case demonstrates that those who pollute our oceans and deliberately mislead U.S. Coast Guard Officials will be brought to justice,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood.

“The Department of Justice will continue to work with our federal law enforcement partners to aggressively prosecute criminals that harm the environment.”

Published: 10 May, 2018
 

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Singapore: Annual general meetings scheduled for Xihe Holdings subsidiary

Annual general meetings will be held on 26 April for Xin Bo Shipping to receive an update on firm’s liquidation, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A notice was published on the Government Gazette on Thursday (11 April) regarding the annual general meetings to be held on 26 April for Xihe Holdings subsidiary Xin Bo Shipping (Pte) Ltd.

Annual general meetings for Xin Bo Shipping are to be held at the following times:

For the company: 2pm
For the creditors: 3pm

The agenda for all the meetings are:

  1. To receive an update on the liquidation.
  2. To receive an account of the Liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of the winding up.

The following are the details of the liquidator:

Ho May Kee
Liquidator
c/o 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1
Singapore 018960

Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

Related: Singapore: Xihe Holdings subsidiaries Xin Bo Shipping, An Guang Shipping to be wound up
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Related: Xihe Holdings subsidiary Xin Bo Shipping placed under judicial management
Related: JMs of An Guang Shipping and other Xihe subsidiaries call for creditors meeting

 

Photo credit: Jo_Johnston from Pixabay
Published: 12 April 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was captain of ship and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen, as well as a tanker lorry driver.

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The Tawau Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (9 April) detained a tugboat and a tanker lorry that were found to be carrying out an illegal fuel transfer in the waters of Tanjung Batu, Tawau.

MMEA Tawau Zone Director Shahrizan Raman said patrol boats received information from Tawau Maritime Zone intelligence unit regarding the operation at Komsa Tanjung Batu jetty at around 2.10 am.

Patrol boats that arrived at the scene found a tanker lorry on the jetty transferring about 10,000 litres of fuel to a tugboat.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

During the raid, MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was the ship captain and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen. The tanker lorry driver, a local, was also arrested in the operation.

All suspects were men and aged 32 to 57 years. MMEA added an inspection of their documents found no authorisation permits related to the fuel transfer activity.

MMEA said the boat and tanker lorry were seized with their fuel cargo before being escorted to the Tawau Maritime Zone Jetty for further investigation.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The value of the seized items and fuel was estimated to be almost MYR 250,000.

This case is being investigated under the Customs Act 1967, Control of Supplies Act 1961 and Petroleum Development Act 1974. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 15 April 2024

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Singapore: White Flag Ventures XXXIII to undergo voluntary wind up

A liquidator was appointed for the company at an extraordinary general meeting held on 28 March, according to Government Government notice.

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Several resolutions for White Flag Ventures XXXIII Pte Ltd were made during an extraordinary meeting held on 28 March, according to a post in the Government Gazette on Thursday (4 April).

The meeting was held at 10 Collyer Quay, #29-01/05 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315.

The duly passed resolutions were:

As Special Resolutions

  • That the Company be wound up voluntarily pursuant to Section 160(1)(b) of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018.That pursuant to Sections 177(1)(a) and 177(1)(b) of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018, the Liquidator be and is hereby authorised to exercise any or all of the powers given to a Liquidator by Sections 144(1)(b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and 144(2) of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018.
  • That the appointed Liquidator be and is hereby authorised to divide all or such part of the surplus assets of the Company as he shall think fit among the shareholders of the Company in specie or otherwise, in accordance with their existing rights and interests.

As Ordinary Resolutions

  • That Mr Ng Hoe Kiat Keith c/o 7500A Beach Road, #05-303/304 The Plaza, Singapore 199591 be and is hereby appointed as Liquidator for the purpose of winding-up.
  • That the remuneration of the Liquidator be based on his normal scale of professional fees plus disbursements and that the Liquidator’s fees be paid out of the assets of the Company.

 

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Published: 9 April 2024

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