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4th Cir.: Ship owners liable for crew hiding sludge discharge (access required)

Two Greek entities were vicariously liable for violations of international maritime-pollution laws by their cargo vessel’s crewmembers, as well as for the crewmembers attempts to conceal those violations. Background In 2015, the cargo vessel Ocean Hope – owned and operated by Appellants Oceanic Illsabe Ltd. and Oceanfleet Shipping Ltd. – voyaged from Bangladesh to Wilmington, N.C. During ...