Friday, January 15, 2016

Coast Guard to ship owner: Yes, we got your bananas

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Linda Loyd reports:

The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed a $65,000 civil fine against a cargo ship that delivered fresh fruit to the Port of Wilmington earlier this month. The Nassau, Bahamas-flagged Discovery Bay reefer was cited for "nonfunctioning" oil pollution prevention equipment, and other infractions, during a routine inspection by the Coast Guard on Jan. 4.
The captain and 20 crew are being detained while the ship gets new equipment, and the crew is retrained, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Dennis Miller, chief of prevention for the Delaware River and Bay.

The fruit came from Valparaiso, Chile.

The Coast Guard said the crew did not know how to work the equipment; the ship was not in compliance with "safety management regulations," and ship records had been falsified, Miller said.

The proposed fine is $65,000, however, a Coast Guard hearing officer will determine the penalty, Miller said. The ship is expected to be ready to sail next week, Miller said.

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