Posts Tagged ‘Marpol’


ECM have announced SMT/TTX in Europe on September and would like to remember its clients to attend the exercises as schedule herewith below.
ECM’s SMT TTX program is designed to fully comply with all federal and state requirements. Following the exercise, ECM provides our clients with all the documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with federal and state requirements.


Revised guidance on ultra low sulfur fuel handling when entering the ECA

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that several reports have been received from vessels trading within the EMISSION CONTROL AREA (ECA), stating that main engines often do not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil. Problems have been reported during maneuvering, including while under pilotage.

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Guilty Plea and Fine in Pollution Case

U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall and Oregon Attorney General John Kroger jointly announced that the owner and operator of a Cyprus-based vessel pleaded guilty today to felony oil pollution charges. The Company was pleaded guilty to one count each of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, and knowingly making false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard. As part of the plea agreement, the companies agreed to pay a $750,000 fine. Half of the fine – $375,000 – will go to the Oregon Governor’s Fund for the Environment, which is dedicated to local environmental cleanup and restoration efforts focused on preserving and protecting Oregon’s rivers, watersheds, and fish and wildlife.

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Sentences in US for Marpol Violations

Other sentences were issued in the last four months in US due to Marpol Violations.

A Chief Engineer  was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for obstructing a Coast Guard inspection that took place in May 2010 aboard a Liberian-operated cargo ship at the Port of Baltimore. In a related case, the ship-owner and operator of the vessel previously pleaded guilty to obstructing a Coast Guard examination and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The company was sentenced in February 2011 to pay a $2.4 million fine, and to serve three years probation, subject to an environmental compliance plan that includes audits by an independent third party auditor.

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IMO issue a Guidance for the Recording of Operations in the Oil Record Book Part I

Guidance for the recording of operations in the ORB Part I – Machinery Space Operations  (ALL SHIPS)

The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its sixty-second session,(11 to 15 July 2011), approved the Revised Guidance for recording of operations in the Oil Record Book Part I – Machinery space operations (all ships) (MEPC 62/24, paragraph 7.23), set out in the annex.


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