Singapore jails tanker captain for oil spill

Jan 10, 1997 01:00 AM

Singapore has handed out record penalties for a harbour oil spill, jailing the tanker captain for nearly six months and imposing large fines, the government's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said. It said in a statement that Brendon Allan Monteiro, the 40-year-old Indian captain of the Song San, was sentenced to a total of 13 months in jail out of which he would serve 5 months because some of the sentences were to run concurrently. A Singapore court also fined Monteiro Singapore $400,000 ($ 286,000) for the spill last August which polluted "extensive areas of Singapore's waters and beaches,'' the MPA statement said. It said this was the first time a seaman had been jailed in Singapore for marine pollution and not maintaining his ship's oil record book. Monteiro was found guilty of marine pollution, not maintaining the tanker's oil record book and giving false or misleading statements to investigators, the MPA said. Pashupati Nath, 35, chief officer of the 230,000 dwt tanker registered in Singapore, was jailed for six weeks for giving "false or misleading'' statements to investigators, the MPA said. It said the court also fined owners Dong Sheng Tankers Pte Ltd S$450,000 and agents Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd S$400,000. ($1 - S$1.4).

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