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Svitzer fined to pay USD 2.7 million in damages

A court in Edinburgh has fined Svitzer to pay USD 2.7 million in damages in a case that dates back six years, in which three crew members were killed when their tug boat sank.

On Wednesday a court in Edinburgh, Scotland, sentenced Svitzer Marine Ltd. to pay a fine of around USD 2.7 million (1.7 million GBP) for a fatal accident dating back to December 2007, in which three crew members were killed when their tug boat, the Flying Phantom, capsized during the towing of a commercial ship on the River Clyde in Clydebank.

According to the judge, Lord Turnbull, Svitzer benefited from the fact that the company, at a court session last month, had pleaded guilty of violating several safety measures related to the towing, and the size of the fine could have been much greater had Svitzer opted to oppose the charge, the judge said, according to BBC.

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