Satellites Used In Pollution Prosecution For First Time

st marys from above 2The first use of satellites in a Maritime & Coastguard Agency pollution prosecution has been successful.

The owner of the tanker, the Maersk Kiera, which produced a slick between the islands and Land’s End, will pay £22,500 in fines and costs.

Truro Magistrates heard a guilty plea to the charge of breaching UK maritime pollution legislation.

On 25th February last year, a satellite detected the pollution in the water. Falmouth Coastguard contacted the master of the ship, who admitted that they had been cleaning their tanks following a cargo of palm oil and there had been a discharge.

That is permissible over 12 miles offshore, but satellite photos revealed they were nearer to the coast.