MASTER AND TWO CHIEF ENGINEERS ARRESTED IN ALASKA

A master and two chief engineers on two foreign flag vessels have been arrested in Alaska and charged with keeping false log books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from the ships, obstructing a Coast Guard investigation, and obstruction of justice for allegedly telling crewmembers to lie to a federal grand jury. If convicted, they face up to ten years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

The US Department of Justice has issued a Press Release, which can be viewed at Click here to download , reporting that a master and two chief engineers on two foreign flag vessels have been arrested in Alaska and charged with keeping false log books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from the ships, obstructing a Coast Guard investigation, and obstruction of justice for allegedly telling crew members to lie to a federal grand jury. The defendants were the master and chief engineer of the M/V KHANA and the chief engineer of the M/V SOHOH. The Panamanian flag vessels are operated by a Korean company and carry frozen seafood from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Asia. If convicted, the defendants face up to ten years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

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