For Immediate Release

July 15, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against Alabama Shipyard, Inc. of Mobile, Ala. for allegedly violating regulations concerning shipping hazardous materials aboard aircraft.

FAA cited Alabama Shipyard, Inc. for improperly shipping nine one-gallon plastic containers of petroleum distillates (naptha), a flammable liquid on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling personnel at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the naptha leaking through a fiberboard box in which it was improperly packaged.

Alabama Shipyard, Inc. offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment in accordance with U.S. Dept. of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Alabama Shipyard, Inc.. also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Alabama Shipyard, Inc. has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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