Shipper admits to violating DOT hazmat rules

| Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The DOT’s Department of the Inspector General and other state and federal officials announced that on Sept. 21 Seaboard Marine Ltd. Inc., a worldwide transportation company, pleaded guilty to accepting and transporting hazardous materials on the public highways in violation of DOT regulations.

Seaboard was charged with “knowingly and willfully transporting various hazardous materials from Jan. 22, 2002, through Feb. 11, 2002, in intrastate commerce by a CMV.”

The hazmats were primarily solvents and cleaning substances, including phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, isopropanol, potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide. Seaboard faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years’ probation and a fine that could exceed $500,000. A sentencing and hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Seaboard admitted transporting hazmats without proper classification, description, marking, labeling and packaging; without the proper shipping papers; without emergency response information; without emergency instructions for drivers; without marking the transport vehicle with hazmat and emergency response information; without providing drivers and dispatchers with hazmat training; without a shipper’s certification; without properly securing packages inside the vehicle; without proper disposal and/or repacking of leaking packages; without notice to the U.S. DOT and the National Response Center of the leakage; and without insuring that drivers had hazmat license endorsements.