Association de citoyens qui défendent l'environnement maritime

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Landerneau, February 27th, 2016

On February 24th,2016, a Falcon 50 from Marine Nationale detected a sea pollution.

The cargo responsible for this pollution was re-routed towards Brest. The “THISSEAS” cargo has been anchored in Brest since the evening of the 26th. It will be allowed to resume its route when the greek ship operator pays a fee fixed at 500.000 € by French authorities.

A few years ago, this pollution would have been in the headlines of all media.

An oil slick has been seen in the wake of the 225m long cargo “THISSEAS”, flying the Liberia flag. This ship, coming from St Petersburg was going toward China.

This forced stop in Brest should give other recalcitrant and polluter ship operators pause to think about the consequences of their actions.

The pollution filmed by the Falcon 50 crew is more than 40 kms long and 50 meters wide. If this pollution was shown to be deliberate, those who are responsible will have to pay full penalty.

The MOR GLAZ association was the first to explain as early as 2000, at the court of “Tribunal de Grande Instance de Brest, Le Havre and Marseille”, the clandestine functioning of sea transport and of some ship operators who dishonor the profession.

The MOR GLAZ association states that for the last few years, responsible ship operators have disciplined themselves : they made the deliberate choice of not polluting (neither here nor there), to recycle garbage and to leave it in the harbor even if it costs much. While some have opted for the proper choice (no deliberate pollution), others have circumvented the intent. They do not pollute here but somewhere else ; let us not be fooled.

When those who did not opt for the proper choice of not polluting are caught, they should be required to pay the maximum penalty permitted by law. The MOR GLAZ association condemns all forms of deliberate pollution. However, it has to be pointed out that some ships are so poorly maintained that pollution cannot be avoided in spite of the good will of the crews. The MOR GLAZ association is convinced that if the financial support to track down the polluters were more substantial, there would be more evidence and successful prosecutions.

In 2002, the MOR GLAZ association suggested that punitive charges be used to finance increased documentation of these abuses.