Ignorance of US rules is no defence

Fairplay covers ECM’s Joint seminar at Genoa with PL Ferrari and the standard Club highlithing U.S. prosecution of Marpol violation. Ignorance about current legislation in the US prevents companies from taking proactive steps to avoid problems, delegates were told at a conference on Maritime Environmental Compliance and the US Perspective held in Italy in June. “The lack of correct information about US environmental regulations in force quite often leads to their breach,” noted Michael Minogue, president and CEO of US-based ECM Maritime Services, which organised the event jointly with the Italian P&I broker PL Ferrari. Minogue and his senior vice-president Nishit Kapoor warned the 50 ship owners and managers attending that penalties could affect a company’s very survival.”

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