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Thursday, September 20, 2018


The U.S Department of Justice has announced that three employees of a cruise ship operator were sentenced for violations of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for negligently discharging oily bilge into U.S. Waters in Alaska.

Two assistant engineers on the vessel and the shore-side director of technical operations were each sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and a fine of $10,000.

It is the first time that a shore-based employee has been sentenced for such a criminal violation.  He was aware that the vessel’s oily water separator often did not work and did not order repairs to the system. His criminal liability was based on his failure to correct the problem while knowing that this would eventually cause marine pollution.

(Source: HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association) NEA Quarterly Edition No. 158)