Has CleanSeaNet information been used as evidence in court for prosecution of suspected polluters?
Yes. CleanSeaNet information has been used as evidence in court numerous times.
A CleanSeaNet satellite image was used as primary evidence in a maritime pollution court decision. On 25 February 2012, CleanSeaNet detected a possible pollution on a satellite image of the waters off the coast of Cornwall, UK. A pollution alert was sent to the UK Maritime and Coastguard agency. The CleanSeaNet alert showed that the polluting discharges from the ship (in this case palm oil and tank cleaning solution) had continued closer to the coast than the vessel admitted, in a prohibited area, and was therefore an illegal discharge.
The owner of the tanker was found guilty and fined. The investigating officer of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency's enforcement unit, said it would not have been possible to prosecute if it was not for the evidence from CleanSeaNet.