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Detained coal ship may soon depart Va after trial

Saturday - 9/14/2013, 11:30am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A coal ship that has been detained in Portsmouth since April with 16 crew members should soon be on its way.

A federal jury in Norfolk found the owner and the operator of the Maltese-flagged Antonis G. Pappadakis not guilty of several pollution-related charges Friday.

During an April inspection, a crewmember passed a note to Coast Guard personnel claiming the vessel's oily water separator had been bypassed and that oily bilge water had been discharged.

The ship's owner, Malta-based Angelex Ltd., and operator Kassian Navigation Agency Ltd. were found not guilty.

But The Virginian-Pilot reports that chief engineer Lambros Katsipis was convicted on seven charges, including falsification of records. He was released on bond and will be sentenced Dec. 16. He faces up to three years in prison.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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