A South Korean vessel operator has been banned from U.S. waters after it pleaded guilty to dumping untreated waste oil and agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.
The Sun Ace Shipping Co. of Seoul will pay a $400,000 fine, and the remainder will go to New Jersey groups working to protect and restore the Delaware Estuary and its watershed, the Justice Department said.
The carrier's vessels will be banned from U.S. ports and waters for three years, under the plea agreement.
Coast Guard inspectors boarded the Sun New in Camden on Jan. 3 and found the crew on several occasions had used bypass hoses to dump oily waste without first treating it in an oil-water separator.
Sun Ace also admitted falsifying records to conceal the illegal discharges.
The chief engineer and second engineer of the Sun New were indicted in August by a federal grand jury in Newark and are scheduled for trial Oct. 20.