A foreign flagged ship’s chief engineer, Kirill Kompaniets, received a prison sentence for will-fully dumping 10,000 gallons of bilge water polluted with oil overboard in American seas off the coast of New Orleans last year.
A crew member first alerted the Coast Guard about the illegal activity on social media. Kompaniets was given a sentence of one year and one day in jail, a $5,000 fine, a $200 special assessment, and six months of supervised release by the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown.
Engine room flooding was caused by repair procedures to fix an issue with the outflow of clean ballast water. While the ship was at an anchorage near the Southwest Passage off the coast of Louisiana, Chief Engineer Kompanietes and a subordinate engineer disposed of the oily bilge water overboard after the leak had been stopped. The oily-water separator and oil content monitor that the ship was required to have were not employed, and the discharge was not noted in the Oil Record Book, a log that ships are required to keep.
In addition, Kompaniets was accused of obstructing justice by making several attempts to hide the illegal discharge. He admitted guilt in a joint factual statement that was submitted to the court.
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