Satellite evidence used to prosecute Maersk for waste dumping

An international shipping company has been caught on satellite breaching maritime pollution law in the English Channel

A satellite image showed a slick behind the Maersk Kiera (credit: EMSA/MDA 2012)An international shipping firm has been fined for dumping liquid waste in the English Channel. It is the first time satellite imagery has been used as primary evidence in a maritime pollution prosecution.

Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte Ltd, part of the Maersk Group, pleaded guilty before Truro magistrates on 4 October to breaching schedule 2(4)d of the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous or Noxious Liquid Substances) Regulations 1996. It was fined £15,000 with £7,405 costs.

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