Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another Ship Owner Indicted for Falsifying Bilge Discharge Records

USCG Inspections Allow No Room for Cheats
Shipping News Feature
US – A federal grand jury in Portland, Maine, has returned a nine-count indictment charging ship management firm, MST Mineralien Schiffarht Spedition Und Transport (MST) and corporate vessel owner, Reederei MS Marguerita with failing to keep accurate pollution control records and falsifying records.

The charges stem from the falsification of records in 2016 and 2017 designed to cover up overboard discharges of oily mixtures and machinery space bilge water from the Liberian-flagged 27,674 DWT bulk carrier, MV Marguerita. On at least eight occasions between September 2016 and June 2016, the Marguerita entered United States waters and ports with a false and misleading Oil Record Book available for inspection by the US Coast Guard. The Oil Record Book failed to accurately record transfers and discharges of oily wastewater on the vessel.

The vessel’s management company, MST Mineralien Schiffarht Spedition Und Transport, and the vessel’s owner, Reederei MS Marguerita, both of Germany, are charged with failing to maintain an accurate oil record book as required by the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, a US law which implements the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, commonly known as MARPOL. The companies were also charged with falsification of records with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence inspections and examinations of the MV Marguerita by the US Coast Guard.