Ashdod Magistrates Court last week fined the Ashdod Port Company, which operates the Port of Ashdod on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, 150,000shekels about £24,500.

On three separate occasions during the months of November and December back in 2005, polluted and murky wastewater and solid particles were discharged to the pier and from there through a drainage opening to the sea.

An examination of samples taken in two of the cases revealed the wastewater was mainly contaminated by oils, mineral oil, phosphorus and detergents.

In a plea bargain agreement, the company admitted to the offense and was fined the cash which it must pay to the Marine Pollution Prevention Fund.

It also signed a 300,000shekel agreement that it would not do it again or it would forfeit the cash.

Luke Walsh

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