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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

US Department of Justice warns shipowners of vigorous prosecution for vessel pollution crimes

In the wake of a string of court decisions against shipping companies for dumping oily waste into the water, the US authorities, led by Mr David Uhlmann, head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with its 36 prosecutors and assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency, have stated that their goal is to take all necessary steps to ensure compliance with international law.

Since 2002 alone, 30 companies have been charged, pleaded or been sentenced, resulting in total fines of more than USD 36 million. Mr Uhlmann has stated that companies that continue to violate these laws, who continue to falsify records, and who continue to come into U.S. Ports as polluters, should be fearful of prosecution.

INTERTANKO has just published ‘A Guide for correct entries in the Oil Record Book (Part I - Machinery Space Operations)’ to address this increasing problem of ships being detained and fined in the U.S. and also to aid the management of ship oil-water separators in the engine room.

The INTERTANKO Guide contains:

  • instructions and interpretations on how to properly record all related operations as per MARPOL 73/78, Annex I, Regulation 20
  • list of operations to be recorded
  • frequently found errors or mistakes
  • detailed examples for all related operations

As the DOJ and U.S. Coast Guard campaign continues, members are advised to take all precautions and to show due diligence when filling in the Oil Record Book.

The INTERTANKO Guide, a ‘must’ on board every tanker, may also be used as a training tool for office and shipboard personnel ashore and on-board.

Click here to view the Table of Contents

USD 50 (members) USD 100 (non-members)

Discounts for large orders.


  • Telephone: contact Sally Woulfe at our London office +44 20 7977 7022 or Clarice Tan at our Oslo office +47 22 12 2664 for details on discounts for large orders.
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