Marine Polluter penalized $15,000 for oil spill



    SUMMERSIDE, PEI, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - A Prince Edward Island provincial
court judge has ordered the vessel BBC Nordland to pay a $15,000 penalty for
illegally discharging a pollutant in Canadian waters.
    On February 22, 2008, the BBC Nordland, a Gibraltar registered General
Dry Cargo vessel, that was docked at the Port of Summerside, Prince Edward
Island, spilled approximately 300 litres of hydraulic oil during offloading
operations.
    As a result of the investigation carried out by Transport Canada, charges
under the Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for
Dangerous Chemicals of the Canada Shipping Act were laid against the vessel in
Prince Edward Island provincial court. The vessel pleaded guilty to the charge
of illegal discharge of a pollutant in provincial court in Summerside, PEI and
was subsequently fined $15,000. The penalty was divided evenly, with $5,000
going to the court, $5,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund and $5,000 to the
University of Prince Edward Island biology department for marine research.
    John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, said
Canada remains vigilant in bringing polluters to justice. "Canadians place a
high priority on the protection of the natural environment and Transport
Canada continues to send the message that pollution will not be tolerated,"
said Minister Baird.
    Transport Canada is committed to ensuring environmentally responsible
commercial marine operations and to prosecuting marine polluters whenever
there is sufficient evidence. Penalties imposed by the courts act as a
deterrent for any would-be polluter.
    The department continues to work in close cooperation with other federal
agencies, such as Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard, Environment
Canada, the Department of National Defence and Justice Canada, as well as with
other national and international partners in order to eliminate ship-source
marine pollution in Canadian waters.

    More information on the Government of Canada's efforts to eliminate ship
source marine pollution can be found at www.marinepollution.gc.ca.




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