January 12, 2018 8:34 pm
Updated: January 12, 2018 8:38 pm

Crown gets green light to prosecute Greek shipping company in English Bay fuel spill

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A Greek shipping firm accused of operating a vessel that spilled thousands of litres of fuel into Vancouver’s English Bay will be prosecuted regardless of whether it participates in the legal  proceedings.

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A decision filed Friday in British Columbia’s provincial court says it is “abundantly clear” that Alassia NewShips Management Inc. knew it faced 10 pollution-related offences.

The charges followed a Transport Canada investigation into the MV Marathassa, which leaked 2,700 litres of bunker fuel in April 2015.

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Alassia had argued it was not properly notified about the proceedings, but Justice Kathryn Denhoff says in her written decision that the summons was successfully delivered on two occasions.

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Denhoff says the summons was served to the company’s lawyer as well as to the captain of another vessel operated by Alassia, who she says qualified as a company representative despite being a contract employee.

The trial against both Alassia and the Marathassa is scheduled to begin on Feb. 26.

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