Operator of Floating Casino Sentenced - Friday 12th of May 2006

HOUSTON, Texas As reported by Military.com: "Corpus Christi Day Cruise, Ltd., operator of the gambling ship Texas Treasure, was sentenced on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to pay $300,000 in criminal penalties and to serve four years of probation. The ship's chief engineer, Gojko Petovic, was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

"Corpus Christi Day Cruise, Ltd., pleaded guilty to obstruction and Gojko Petovic pleaded guilty to making false statements during a Coast Guard investigation into whether the Texas Treasure had illegally discharged waste oil and deliberately bypassed its pollution prevention equipment.

"...Engine room operations on ships such as the Texas Treasure, a Bahamian flagged ship that operated gambling cruises out of Port Aransas, Texas -generate large amounts of waste oil and oil-contaminated bilge waste.

"...International and U.S. law prohibit the discharge of waste containing more than 15 parts per million oil without treatment by an oily water separator and oil sensing equipment-a required pollution prevention device.

"International and U.S. law also require that all overboard discharges be recorded in an oil record book...."

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