628 - 3/09 - Illegal Overboard Discharge - Worldwide

Following a number of earlier cases and as an update to previous bulletins the Association would like to remind Members of the seriousness of falsifying oil record books and carrying out illegal overboard discharges.

A specific case in the United States which has just resulted in the chief engineer of the tanker Nautilus being convicted of covering up the illegal dumping of oily waste into international waters, serves as a harsh reminder to all those within the industry.

The chief engineer admitted to ordering his crew to dump oily waste from the ship along with personally discharging waste himself. In addition to these crimes he pleaded guilty to intentionally covering up the discharge by falsifying the ships records. As a result of his actions the engineer faces a maximum sentence of

six years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 US.