Manager, owner and the
Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel Nederland Reefer have been indicted for
falsification of pollution records, obstruction of justice and witness
federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware, returned a six-count indictment
charging Chartworld Shipping Corporation, Nederland Shipping Corporation, and
Chief Engineer Vasileios Mazarakis, according to the U.S Department of Justice.
charges stem from the falsification of records and other acts designed to cover
up from the Coast Guard the overboard discharges of oily mixtures and machinery
space bilge water from the Bahamian-flagged cargo ship.
to the indictment, on February 21, 2019, the Nederland Reefer entered the Port
of Delaware Bay with a false and misleading Oil Record Book available for
inspection by the USCG. The Oil Record Book failed to accurately record
transfers and discharges of oily wastewater on the vessel.
three defendants were all charged with failing to maintain an accurate oil
record book as required by the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The
defendants were also charged with falsification of records, obstruction of
justice, and witness tampering for destroying evidence of the illegal
discharges and directing lower level crew members to withhold evidence from the
the corporate defendants were charged with the failure to report a hazardous
condition to the Coast Guard, namely a breach in the hull of the vessel and
resulting incursion of seawater into tanks on board the vessel that occurred
before the vessel came to port in Delaware.