- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A shipping company based in Jordan has been ordered to pay a $500,000 penalty and barred from U.S. ports for two years for discharging oily waste into waters off Delaware.

The Department of Justice and the Coast Guard say Arab Ship Management Ltd. pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington. The company pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

According to court documents, Arab Ship Management operated the Neameh, a 6,398 gross ton ocean-going livestock carrier. Authorities say on March 28, 2013, the Coast Guard boarded the vessel in the Delaware Bay Big Stone Anchorage.

Federal officials say an inspection and later criminal investigation revealed heavy oil sludge inside the pipes on the discharge side of pollution prevention equipment leading directly overboard.