Convictions in other States
Convictions for voluntary discharge of oil in the States which take legal action against offenders
The following tables list convictions for oil pollution offences in territorial waters and protected zones (EEZ, EPZ, fisheries protection zones (FPZ) and ecological and fisheries protection zones (EFPZ)) that we were able to collect, for the few countries which publish such convictions. The cases we know about are listed, although we cannot say what proportion of all the cases that have occurred are listed here. We are not aware of any national websites (except for this one for France) providing complete reports of this information.
Certain countries which are not presented here claim to a have an affirmed policy of repression but claim either never to have had time to publish the results or to prefer to keep the results confidential in order to catch offenders more effectively. We believe simply that most of them have nothing or nearly nothing to publish.
See the table on the Canadian Government's website:
Marine pollution prosecutions: prosecutions completed against marine polluters in the Atlantic region
We were unable to find a website showing an up-to-date table of the trials and prosecutions. To find the following information it was necessary to search in articles of periodicals.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website: http://www.epa/gov/newsroom/
- "Cost savings Stemming from non-compliance with international environmental regulations in the maritime sector" (2003) p49
On the Maritime and Coastguard Agency website in the section "News and Publications - Prosecutions and Detentions", all the types of penalties inflicted on maritime transport operators by the British courts can be found: lack of proper certification, unsafe operations, breaking alcohol limit, pollution… Presented below are the cases involving pollution for 1998-2004. (Source: NSN report and MCA website)
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency website: http://www.mcga.gov.uk/
Australia: AMSA : Oil and Chemical pollution prosecutions