MASTER AND TWO CHIEF ENGINEERS INDICTED

The US Department of Justice has issued a Press Release, which can be viewed at INTERTANKO Website: Click here, reporting that the master and two chief engineers who were arrested in Alaska on March 14 have now been indicted (an indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury). The three individuals have been charged with using false records, obstructing a Coast Guard proceeding, and witness tampering. The charges involve the alleged use of plastic hoses to bypass the oily water separators on the M/V KHANA and the M/V SOHOH, two Panamanian flag vessels operated by a Korean company. If convicted, the defendants each face up to 15 years in prison and criminal fines of up to $250,000.