Haifa court imposes highest ever fine for oil spill

24.10.2011                      26.Tischrei. 5772

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Haifa court imposes highest ever fine for oil spill

Mediterranean Shipping Company is fined NIS 1m. after one of its ships spilled oil into the Port of Haifa; indictments are dropped.

The Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has received a fine of NIS 1.01 million – the largest fine ever charged to a ship on Israeli waters – after a detrimental oil spill hit the Haifa seaport area in December, the Environmental Protection Ministry told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Haifa Magistrate Court Justice Daniel Fish imposed the penalty on the company on October 10, convicting it of spilling oil into the sea and disturbing the public domain under severe circumstances, the ministry said in a Sunday statement. The ship, called MSC PERLE, was docked in the Haifa port making preparations to empty its ballast water (water in the hull that maintains ship stability) when tens of tons of heavy fuel oil spilled out into the sea, creating environmental and property damage still visible for weeks following the incident, according to the statement….