Jul 30, 2010 4:25 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department says a Louisiana
company has pleaded guilty to discharging waste oil from one of its
vessels on the high seas.
Offshore Vessels LLC entered the plea Friday in U.S. District
Court in New Orleans.
Federal prosecutors say the company admitted that crew members
of the R/V Gould knowingly discharged oily wastewater from the
bilge tank of the ship in September 2005.
The government says the vessel was serving on a contractual
basis as an icebreaking research vessel for the National Science
Foundation on research voyages to and from Antarctica.
OSV's plea agreement requires the company to pay a criminal fine
of $1.75 million and remit a payment of $350,000 as community
service to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.