BEAUMONT (April 23, 2013)--A Portuguese shipping company has agreed to pay $1 million to settle pollution allegations in East Texas,
U.S. Attorney John Bales said.
The environmental agreement with CIMPSHIP Transportes Maritimos SA., based in Funchal, Portugal will benefit forests and marine sanctuaries, he said.
A federal grand jury in Beaumont indicted the company in 2010 on charges of conspiring to violate environmental laws and pollute waterways.
Investigators say the dispute involved the bulk-freight carrier Niebla that stopped at various Gulf of Mexico ports, including Port Arthur.
Prosecutors say crewmembers from March 2008 through August 2009 failed to maintain an oil record book as required by U.S. law.