Owner of Korean Commercial Cargo Vessel & Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to Marine Pollution Related Charges
STX, which faces five years probation for each of the four counts against it, has agreed to pay a
Chief Engineer Kang faces maximum penalties of six years in federal prison, a
Federal and international law requires that all ships comply with pollution regulations that include the proper disposal of oily waste and sludge by passing the oily waste through an oil-water separator aboard the vessel or burning the sludge in the ship’s incinerator. In addition, federal law requires the ship’s crew to record accurately each transfer or disposal of oily waste and sludge in an oil record book.
Federal and international law also requires that ships record disposals of garbage in a garbage record book. Both record books must be available for inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard when the vessel is within the waters of
According to court documents, in late
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Investigative Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is being prosecuted by
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice