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Coal ship's Va. departure blocked

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 6:39pm  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) -- A Maltese-flagged coal ship anchored at Portsmouth Marine Terminal for nearly a month has lost a court battle to sail out of Virginia waters.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reports that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the ship and its crew of 20 must remain in Portsmouth while a legal battle is waged.

According to court records, the Antonis G. Pappadakis, its crew and the ship's operator are under federal criminal investigation for allegedly bypassing the ship's pollution-control equipment and discharging an oily mixture directly into the sea.

The appeals court order blunts a lower court action that would have let the ship sail after its owners posted a $1.5 million bond.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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