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Engine defect off Fair Isle
The 'Nederland Stream', while en route from Riga to Klaksvik with 23 crew members on board, suffered a main engine defect in position 59 25 58N, 000 12 39W, 43 miles East of the Fair Isle in the evening of April 23, 2021. The repair time was expected to take about three to four hours. On April 24 at 6.20 a.m. it resumed its voyage.
Nederland Shipping Co. and Chartworld Shipping Co. pleaded guilty in a federal court
The U.S. Justice Department said the Nederland Shipping Co. and Chartworld Shipping Co. pleaded guilty in a federal court in Wilmington, Del., on Oct 15, 2019, to illegally dumping oily bilge overboard and concealing the hazardous condition of the 'Nederland Reefer' from the US Coast Guard. The companies agreed to pay a $1.8 million criminal fine and will be subject to a four-year probation that includes a comprehensive environmental compliance plan for Chartworld?s ships. The compliance plan will be implemented by an independent auditing company and supervised by a court-appointed monitor, the Justice Department said. To hide the oily bilge discharges from the Coast Guard, ship?s chief engineer falsified the vessel?s oil record book, a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. He also allegedly destroyed evidence and tampered with witnesses. Mazarakis pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct 2. The Coast Guard?s investigation of the vessel also determined that on Dec 30, 2018, seawater began entering the vessel below the waterline through a hole in the bilge tank. The companies failed to report the ship?s hazardous condition to the Coast Guard.
Owner and engineer of reefer charted for falsification of records
The federal grand jury in Wilmington returned a 6-count indictment on April 25, 2019, charging the Chartworld Shipping Corporation, Nederland Shipping Corporation & Chief Engineer of the "Nederland Reefer" according to the U.S Department of Justice. The 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 reefer. On Feb 21, 2019, the "Nederland Reefer" entered the port of Delaware Bay 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 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 Coast Guard. Finally, 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.News schreiben