Greek shipowner fined with 1.5 million USD for oil spill in Seattle

Gallia GraecaThe Greek shipowner Evangelos Angelakos was fined with 1.5 million USD for the oil spill at the port of Seattle in October 2015. The federal judge in Seattle found the shipowner guilty that one of his vessels deliberately pumped around 5,000 gallons of oily water into the Pacific and then lied and falsified records, trying to cover up the crime. The accident happened in October 2015, when the vessel Gallia Graeca docked at the Pier 86 grain terminal on port of Seattle, but US Coast Guard found a lot of deficiencies in inspection of the ship, including deliberately pumping oil-polluted water into the ocean. The fine was increased, by actions in attempt to falsify records in order to cover up the crime. The decision of the court can be appealed within legal time.

“This fine is to resonate with other parties in this industry and cause them to pause when they think about creating a corporate culture that encourages deception”, said the Judge John Coughenour, when handing down the fine.

The concerned bulk carrier Gallia Graeca (IMO: 9221607) is managed by Gallia Graeca LTD and Angelakos (Hellas) SA, owned by the shipping magnate Evangelos Angelakos. The vessel has overall length of 225.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 13.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 74,133 DWT and the gross tonnage is 39,035 GRT. The vessel was built in 2001 by Namura Shipbuilding in Imari, Japan.