PORTSMOUTH (AP) -- A coal ship detained in Portsmouth for more than five months is on its way to Brazil.

The Maltese-flagged Antonis G. Pappadakis and its crew of about 20 left the port Wednesday afternoon. Federal authorities detained the ship in April after a whistle-blower passed a note to Coast Guard personnel conducting an inspection. The whistle-blower claimed the vessel's oily water separator had been bypassed and that oily bilge water had been discharged.

Last month, a federal jury found the owner, Malta-based Angelex Ltd., and the operator, Kassian Navigation Agency Ltd., not guilty of several pollution-related charges. The chief engineer was convicted on seven charges.

Portsmouth Seafarer's Center president George Brisbin tells The Virginian-Pilot that the ship's captain is excited to get the ship back to sea.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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