Nils B owner pleads guilty

first_imgThe Department of Justice statement said the ship’s operator – W. Bockstiegel Reederei GmbH & Co. KG and owner W. Bockstiegel GmbH & Co. Reederei KG MS “NILS B” pleaded guilty to a single count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by failing to accurately maintain the ship’s oil record book.”In doing so, the firms failed to disclose that oil contaminated water had been discharged into the ocean from the vessel without the use of pollution prevention equipment,” the read the statement.According to the plea agreement, US Coast Guard personnel boarded Nils B on August 5, 2014 after its entry into the Port of San Diego. “The Coast Guard discovered that the crew had failed to keep an oil record book for a significant period of time, modifications had been made to piping coming from the oil water separator, and oil was discovered in discharge piping that should not have been present,” added the Department of Justice.According the Department of Justice, the defendants acknowledged that Coast Guard examiners took oil samples from the oil water separator’s overboard discharge valve and from the vessel’s sludge tank and the samples from the two locations matched.  Under US and international law, sludge is never to be discharged through an oil water separator.The Coast Guard also discovered a black hose near the oil water separator that contained oil slightly weathered light fuel oil mixed with lubricating oil. In the industry, such a hose is known as a “magic hose.” The defendants, in pleading guilty, admitted that the oil record book on board the vessel did not disclose any discharges of sludge between the time that the overboard discharge valve had been cleaned while the vessel was in dry dock in June of 2014 and its entry into the Port of San Diego in August.With sentencing in this case set for November 3, the Department of Justice said that according to the plea documents, the company and the US government have agreed to recommend that the court impose a criminal penalty of USD750,000, of which USD250,000 will be used as a community service payment to benefit the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.www.reederei-bockstiegel.dewww.justice.gov/opa/pr/german-shipping-corporations-convicted-environmental-crimeslast_img read more

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BigBlue, Seagulls set to square off in Pearl Bowl

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IBM defensive lineman James Brooks (above), and Obic quarterback Ikaika Woolsey (left) will go head-to-head when their teams meet in the Pearl Bowl at Tokyo Dome on Monday. | HIROSHI IKEZAWA The IBM BigBlue will need to see the warrior side of Brooks on Monday if they are to defend their Pearl Bowl title against the Obic Seagulls at Tokyo Dome in the final of the Eastern Japan spring tournament.“(Brooks) brings the most aggressive pass rush we have seen in the three games in this tournament. We need to improve our pass protection,” Obic head coach Naoki Kosho said. “It is the issue the whole offense has to work on.”Brooks moves around the defensive line before unleashing bull rushes, spin moves or hand techniques to rush the quarterback.Against the Nojima Sagamihara Rise in the semifinals earlier this month, Brooks helped the BigBlue shut down Devin Gardner, who previously in the tournament rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another against the defending national champion Fujitsu Frontiers, holding the former Michigan quarterback to one touchdown each on the ground and in the air.“With the good players like Devin Gardner, you can’t really contain them. You have to just try to do your best to stop them,” Brooks told The Japan Times. “They’re gonna make the big plays and it happens, but you have to do your best to limit the big plays. Devin made some great plays against us, but we kept it to the minimum and that was the key.”Now Brooks faces rookie Seagulls quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, a University of Hawaii product. Woolsey’s strong arm completed 29 of 44 passes for 558 yards and three touchdowns against the Asahi Beer Silver Star last month, with his longest pass reaching 63 yards.“(Woolsey) is definitely a good player. We’ll have a better idea of how to try to stop him (after film study). I know he’s a good player, so looking forward to the test,” Brooks said. “I think the strategy (against Woolsey) is similar (to the one against Gardner), but at the same time it is different, because he has more playmakers around him. I think they have a better core team than the Rise right now. So with Obic, you can’t just focus on one player because they have many good players.”One member of Woolsey’s supporting cast is Shingo Maeda, who has recorded 227 yards and four touchdowns on seven catches in three games. The Seagulls also have veteran receivers Noriaki Kinoshita and Ryoma Hagiyama, who were part of the Seagulls’ four straight national titles from 2010-13.IBM head coach Shinzo Yamada, however, is more concerned about the Seagulls’ defense, which has allowed only two touchdowns this spring.“Their defense is so good that their opponents can’t establish their offensive rhythm. Their defensive line puts on a lot of pressure and doesn’t allow the offense to make plays,” Yamada said. “Their defense is stingy and their offense gets scores. You’ll find yourself falling behind and forced to catch up. That’s the negative spiral that the teams who play the Seagulls find themselves in.”Kevin Jackson, Byron Beatty Jr. and Keizaburo Isagawa lead the defense.Yuki Masamoto, meanwhile, has a chip on his shoulder. Usually a backup to ex-UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft in fall, Masamoto has started all three games for the BigBlue so far and Yamada hopes Masamoto can help the team retain the championship that it earned for the first time in club history with Craft playing most of the games last spring.Masamoto was 31 of 48 for 424 yards while throwing five touchdown passes and one interception. Craft played some snaps in all three games, but it was Masamoto who mainly commanded the offense.Masamoto has several options to throw to, with seven different receivers scoring at least one touchdown this spring.“We will go with Masamoto as starting quarterback. We hope he’ll get used to the atmosphere of Tokyo Dome,” said Yamada, whose team will likely play Obic again in the season-opener this fall at the same venue. “Masamoto can run, but we cannot rely too much on his legs. How we play against their defensive line is the key to the game.”The BigBlue are aiming to become the first team since the 2008-09 Kajima Deers to win back-to-back Pearl Bowl crowns, while the Seagulls are aiming to extend their record number of titles to six.Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. KEYWORDScenter_img Pearl Bowl, IBM BigBlue, Obic Seagulls, James Brooks, Yuki Masamoto, Ikaika Woolsey IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 James Brooks wears an affable smile and never loses his polite attitude off the field.But once the 195-cm, 123-kg defensive lineman gets on the field, he becomes a guy who forces offensive coordinators to shape their game plan around combating him.last_img read more

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The debrief: Blackburn Rovers (H)

first_imgBelow is a summary of what they had to say in the post-match press conference.Lee JohnsonBoth teams were “honest and athletic but “our relentless nature got them in the end,” said JohnsonCity are a “work in progress who are going to keep their heads down and keep working because we are far from where we need to be.”City’s strength in depth is encouraging with players including Bailey Wright, Jens Hegeler, Nathan Baker, Mo Eisa, Hakeeb Adelukan not even in the squad todayJohnson saw Niki Mäenpää’s save when Rovers were 1-0 up as a potentially defining moment in the gameDiédhiou was hungry and it was great for him to get a goal after his suspension frustrationJohnson hailed Tomos Kalas as a real warrior adding “it’s great when you look round and see that your mate is going to get a cut eye or what is required for the team at the time.”On his own yellow card, the head coach said Steve Lansdown had told him he could take a “forfeit or a fine!”Marley Watkins’ work rate is second to none and his goal will be an important confidence boost for himJosh BrownhillTo get three wins from the last three games is very important for us but it is early daysWe’ve all chipped in with goals which is important for the squadBrownhill revealed his free-kick “was up there with one of my best goals. We’ve done a lot of practice so it’s good to see it go in in a game day.”The midfielder said City wanted to make Ashton Gate into a fortress, with loud fans who can intimidate the oppositionlast_img read more

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