The chief engineer of the car carrier M/V Selene Leader pleaded guilty on Friday, November 14th in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), according to Acting Assistant Attorney General Sam Hirsch and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland.Noly Torato Vidad was the chief engineer of the vessel, which was operated by Hachiuma Steamship Co LTD, a Japanese company, between August 2013 and the end of January 2014.According to the plea agreement, in January 2014, engine room crew members of the M/V Selene Leader under the supervision of the defendant transferred oily wastes between oil tanks on board the ship using rubber hoses and then illegally bypassed pollution control equipment and discharged the oily wastes overboard into the ocean.Before such waste can be discharged into the sea, the law requires that it must first pass through an oil water separator, and the operation must be recorded in the vessel’s oil record book for inspection by the United States Coast Guard.When the Coast Guard boarded the vessel in Baltimore on Jan. 31, 2014, Mr. Vidad tried to obstruct the Coast Guard’s investigation and hide the illegal discharges of oil by falsifying the oil record book, destroying documents, lying to Coast Guard investigators and instructing subordinate crew members to lie to the Coast Guard, Public Affairs Office of US Department of Justice said in a release.Sentencing in this case is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2015.The case was investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney P. Michael Cunningham of the District of Maryland and Senior Trial Attorney David P. Kehoe of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section.Press Release
Sharing a spirit of innovation, John Deere Power Systems and Rubble Master GmbH say they aim to set new benchmarks in power, performance and efficiency, each in their own fields. Now, with the compact yet powerful RM 100GO! and RM 120GO! impact crushers, fitted with John Deere Tier 3/Stage III A or Final Tier 4/Stage IV PowerTech E 9.0L engines, “Rubble Master offers an excellent alternative to heavier crushers for big applications, including the toughest – mining.”Able to recycle and process materials on site, Rubble Master’s John Deere-powered impact crushers “bring instant return to small- and medium-sized recycling contractors. They offer great weight to size ratio and excellent throughput capacity. The patented GO! principle, built into every unit, emphasizes easy set up and intuitive operation.”The RM 100GO! track-mounted impact crusher handles up to 250 t/h, crushing construction and demolition (C&D) waste, concrete, asphalt, glass, coal, natural rock, and even reinforced concrete for production of high quality construction materials. With the RM 120GO! track-mounted impact crusher Rubble Master says it has strengthened its foothold in the mining industry. Weighing only 35 t, it can reduce up to 350 t of demolition waste to tiny pieces in just one hour. Impact plates enable the operator to switch between recycling and natural stone applications quickly, increasing productivity and flexibility.For both units, customers have a choice of a John Deere Tier 3/Stage III A or Final Tier 4/Stage IV PowerTech E 9.0L engine. “The dynamics of a crusher require a good engine response to maintain a constant speed at highly fluctuating load. These engines have proven reliable in the toughest of applications,” says Heinz Jank, research & development manager of Rubble Master.“Both Rubble Master and John Deere Power Systems are pioneers in their fields. While processing hard stone usually requires a jaw or cone crusher, Rubble Master has developed impact crushers that can handle the job – and, in certain applications, do the work of two other crushers. John Deere Power Systems pioneered advanced emission technologies for Tier 3/Stage IIIA, and built its Final Tier 4/Stage IV on these proven technologies. The company is ready to lead customers seamlessly through the upcoming Stage V transition, thanks to its considerable DPF experience. John Deere brings remarkable expertise in application integration, while a wide product offering gives OEMs more options to match power and performance to exact machine requirements.”The two companies have a long history of successful collaboration. Local John Deere engine distributor Hamilton AG has worked with Rubble Master to successfully integrate John Deere engines in the company’s impact crushers since 2005. “As long-term supplier to Rubble Master, we appreciate the opportunity to support its innovations. We are pleased our technologies help Rubble Master to strengthen its position in the market, and its end-customers to build successful businesses,” says Florent Goujon, Area Manager of John Deere Power Systems.