Singapore shipping company fined $3M for polluting Guam water

Updated: Feb 24

Apra Harbor

A Singapore cargo shipping company has been fined $3 million for polluting Guam water in violation of federal environmental pollution.

Federal Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has accepted Pacific International Private Lines’ guilty plea and sentenced the company to four years of probation.

The case stemmed from an Oct. 4, 2019 incident in which the M/V KotaHarum, a shipping vessel owned by Pacific International was found discharging oily bilge water into the waters of Apra Harbor.

Of the $3 million fine, $2 million has been designated as community service to fund the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's projects.

“ This instance reflects the very first time this court will be issuing such a community service order in an environmental crime case, let alone one of this magnitude. Thus, the court wishes to highlight and provide context for the funds," the court said. “Defendant will have to pay in this extraordinary environmental crime case affecting our island.”

The court noted that this is not the first time Pacific International Lines has found itself in hot water.

In 2013, the company pleaded guilty in another federal court on similar charges which involved a different shipping vessel, the M/V Southern Lily 2. In that proceeding, Pacific International Lines was placedon three years’ probation and required to pay a $2 million fine, $200,000 of which was designated as community service by the court.