Caterpillar Northern Ireland has been convicted at Antrim Crown Court of discharging more than 40,000 litres of diesel into the Irish sea. The company was fined £7,500 for the incident which occurred June 2016 near Larne Harbour, Co. Antrim.
The incident was reported by a member of the public to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) which investigated the claim. It was during this process staff from Caterpillar (NI) also reported that a diesel spill had occurred at their factory on the Old Glenarm Road, Larne.
Staff at Caterpillar (NI) had first discovered the spillage on 11 June but they initially believed that the spill had been contained within the site.
NIEA’s investigation concluded that more than 40,000 litres of diesel had been discharged to the Irish Sea, impacting a significant area beyond the point of discharge at Larne.