Ship owners fined for dumping chemicals

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

LE HAVRE, March 12, 2007 (AFP) - A French court on Monday fined the owners of a German cargo ship 200,000 euros (264,000 dollars) after it deliberately jettisoned chemicals into the North Sea near France.

LE HAVRE, March 12, 2007 (AFP) - A French court on Monday fined the owners of a German cargo ship 200,000 euros (264,000 dollars) after it deliberately jettisoned chemicals into the North Sea near France.

The incident occurred in 2004 when the Atlantic Swan discharged a large quantity of hydrocarbons off the coast of Dunkirk, northern France.

The hearing took place earlier this month with the court seeing photographic evidence of a spill stretching for nine kilometres (five miles) in the wake of the ship.

Prosecution lawyers had earlier requested a fine of 400,000 euros, which was later reduced.

The Le Havre court also awarded damages of 2,000 euros to four environmental organisations in the area.

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