Port fined for dumping in the Mediterranean
An Israeli port has been fined after dumping waste materials directly into the Mediterranean sea.
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.