Posted on May 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A federal grand jury in Delaware, US has indicted the Greek shipping company, Evridiki Navigation Inc., Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc., and a vessel’s Chief Engineer for attempting to hide evidence of an oil discharge.
More specifically, the grand jury released a four-count indictment against the manager, owner and the Chief Engineer of the Nigerian-flagged Oil Tanker Evridiki over failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records and obstructing justice.
The event in question happened back in March, when Coast Guard inspectors boarded the Evridiki while it was anchored in the Port of Wilmington and discovered that the tanker had been experiencing oil discharges.
According to the indictment, the Justice Department claims that Mr. Vastardis failed to accurately maintain the oil record book, which didn’t record the oil discharge at the time.Furthermore, he failed to note the bilge water that had accumulated in machinery spaces, and the failure of the vessel’s oil filtering equipment.
The indictment also claims that Mr. Vastardis lied to the Coast Guard during the inspection in regards to how the onboard equipment was being operated at sea. Specifically, the charges suggest that the equipment was operated in such a way as to trick the machine into providing a false report.
All parties have been charged with breaking the US laws that serve to implement the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
The case had been investigated by the US Coast Guard Investigative Service and could lead to a potential trial involving the indicted parties.