Italian shipping company Bottiglieri pleaded guilty to a pollution-related charge and agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine.
The plea agreement came at the end of a day that was supposed to be the start of a criminal trial in federal court.
Instead, that trial will begin Thursday against the Bottiglieri Challenger’s chief engineer, unless his attorneys also work out a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Giuseppe Bottiglieri pleaded guilty on behalf of his company to failure to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book. Under the deal with prosecutors, the company will pay $1 million fine to the U.S. treasury and make a $300,000 “community service” payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.