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Ship Chief Engineer pleads guilty to intentional discharge of oily waste and obstruction of justice charges in New Orleans

Kirill Kompaniets and a subordinate engineer deliberately dumped oil contaminated water from bilge tanks overboard during the late night of 13 to 14 March.




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Russian national Kirill Kompaniets, the Chief Engineer of a commercial bulk carrier registered in the Marshall Islands, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (May 18) to two felony counts for deliberately discharging approximately 10,000 gallons of oil-contaminated bilge water overboard in U.S. waters off the coast of New Orleans last year.

He then tried to obstruct the Coast Guard’s investigation of the spill, according to the United States Department of Justice. 

The illegal conduct was first reported to the Coast Guard by a crew member via social media.

He was charged with the illegal discharge in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. 

According to papers filed in Court, repair operations were underway to correct a problem with the discharge of clean ballast water when a valve burst and the engine room flooded.  

Late on the night of 13 to 14 March, 2021 after the leak had been controlled, Kompaniets and a subordinate engineer deliberately dumped the oil contaminated water in the bilges overboard. 

The discharge into U.S. waters occurred while the ship was at an anchorage near the South West Passage off the Louisiana coast. 

The ship’s required pollution prevention equipment – an oily-water separator and oil content monitor – were not used, and the discharge was not recorded in the Oil Record Book, a required ship log.

Kompaniets was also charged with obstruction of justice based on various efforts to conceal the illegal discharge. 

In a joint factual statement filed in Court with his guilty plea, Kompaniets admitted to the following acts of obstruction of justice: 

  1. Making false statements to the Coast Guard that concealed the cause and nature of a hazardous condition, and concealing that the engine room of the vessel had flooded and that oil-contaminated bilge water had been discharged overboard; 
  2. Destroying the computer alarm printouts for the period of the illegal discharge that were sought by the Coast Guard; 
  3. Holding meetings with subordinate crew members and directing them to make false statements to the Coast Guard; 
  4. Making a false Oil Record Book that failed to disclose the illegal discharge; 
  5. Directing subordinate engine room employees to delete all evidence from their cell phones in anticipation of the Coast Guard inspection; and 
  6. Preparing a retaliatory document accusing the whistleblower of poor performance as part of an effort to discredit him.

“The intentional pollution of U.S. waters and the deliberate effort to cover up the crime are extremely serious criminal offenses that will not be tolerated,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. 

“Prosecutions such as this one should send a clear message to those that would violate the law and endanger our precious natural resources.”

“The defendant in this case deliberately disregarded procedures designed to protect the environment from contaminants and then attempted to hide his actions,” said U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. 

“Today’s announcement emphasizes that our office along with our federal partners are committed to holding accountable all parties whose criminality jeopardizes our environment and places the public and the ecosystem at risk.”

The investigation is continuing and sentencing has been scheduled for September 1.


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Published: 24 May, 2022

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IBIA survey: Study on the implementation of IMO SEEMP framework

Survey conducted by World Maritime University and IMO Future Fuels and Technology project to facilitate review of short-term GHG reduction measure.





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The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) on Monday (10 June) shared a survey for industry stakeholders interested in contributing to the Study on the implementation of the IMO Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) framework.

The survey is conducted by World Maritime University and the IMO Future Fuels and Technology project to facilitate the review of the short-term GHG reduction measure.

The purpose of this survey is to explore the concrete implementation of the SEEMP framework with attention paid to its three components, namely the energy efficiency management plan (Part I), fuel oil consumption data collection (Part II), and ship operational carbon intensity (Part III). WMU seeks to consult a wide range of interested stakeholders, divided into three groups, with questions tailored to each group:

  • Group 1: Policy making (legislation) and policy execution (regulatory) bodies, including: Flag administrations – member State delegations – PSC – Classification societies – Take Survey
  • Group 2: Policy performers, including: Ship owners- ship operators- ship owner/operator- seafarers – Take Survey
  • Group 3: Observers or other actors’ category, including: Charterers- cargo owners- academia- NGOs – technology providers – training institutes- consultants – other stakeholders – Take Survey

The survey is open until 30 June 2024.


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Published: 13 June 2024

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Green Marine Fuels Trading, Vopak team up on green methanol port storage facilities

Green Marine Fuels revealed a strategic collaboration with Vopak to secure necessary port storage to accommodate green methanol supply in Shanghai, Tianjin and later in Singapore.





Green Marine Fuels Trading, Vopak team up on green methanol port storage facilities

Green Marine Fuels Trading on Tuesday (11 June) announced a strategic collaboration with Royal Vopak Terminals in the key ports of Shanghai Caojing and Tianjin Lingang, China. 

The firm said the milestone agreement marked the next phase of methanol supply chain infrastructure expansion for Green Marine Fuels Trading, securing necessary port storage capacity to accommodate projected supply of green methanol from Chinese business partners.  

Green Marine will be undertaking a similar cooperation plan with Vopak Singapore as well. 

Gavin McGrath, Director at Green Marine, said: “This is an important milestone in the evolution of Green Marine Fuels Trading and further underscores our preparedness to supply green methanol to the imminent green transition within the shipping industry.” 

“Our leadership in the global methanol marine fuel sector uniquely positions us to bridge the gap between methanol producers and buyers, with storage and supply infrastructure being a crucial link in the chain.”

“We eagerly anticipate leveraging our expertise in these domains to enrich the Shanghai and Tianjin green port and marine fuel ecosystems.”

Manifold Times previously reported Vopak signing a strategic cooperation agreement with the Vice Mayor of Tianjin delegation to support the repurposing of Vopak Tianjin's infrastructure for new energies, including green methanol, sustainable aviation fuel, and potentially ammonia and liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC).

Vopak said Tianjin Port Group will work closely with Vopak to develop a green methanol bunkering service solution.

Related: Tianjin Port Group and Vopak partner to develop green methanol bunkering service


Photo credit: Green Marine Group
Published: 12 June 2024

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Fresh Carriers and Zespri complete first biofuel trial onboard “Kakariki”

Vessel was bunkered with bio bunker fuel in Hong Kong as there is none available in New Zealand; further biofuel trials between FCC and Zespri are planned using other FCC vessels.





Fresh Carriers and Zespri complete first biofuel trial onboard “Kakariki”

New Zealand's largest horticultural exporter Zespri on Tuesday (11 June) said one of its international shipping partners, Fresh Carriers Co Ltd (FCC), has successfully completed a trial using biofuel in a charter vessel operating between Hong Kong and New Zealand, according to Zespri on Tuesday (11 June).

The purpose of the trial was to test the performance of the ship’s engines when burning biofuel.

The cargo ship Kakariki bunkered the biofuel in Hong Kong at the end of last month before starting its voyage south, arriving at the Port of Tauranga at the weekend. 

The vessel was powered by a blend of biofuel which is made from used cooking oil. The Kakariki bunkered the biofuel in Hong Kong because there is none available in New Zealand - if and when biofuel does become available in New Zealand it will present more opportunities for Zespri’s chartered ships to burn this low-emission fuel.

Zespri Chief Operating Officer Jason Te Brake said the biofuel trial by FCC is a collaborative step forward for the industry as it seeks to decarbonise and future proof through innovative solutions such as low emissions shipping.

“With Zespri having limited ability to directly reduce shipping emissions ourselves, we’re working with key shipping and distribution partners like FCC to increase the efficiency of our shipping and logistics, and make the transition to low emissions fuels.

“The biofuel trial with FCC is an important step forward and has given us both important technical insights, with the Kakariki monitored throughout its journey to make sure the biofuel performed well with no unforeseen technical issues. It’s fantastic to see it dock successfully in Tauranga.”

FCC Director Toshiyuki Koga said FCC was proud to see the Kakariki, which is the company’s first vessel to trial biofuel, arrive safely in Tauranga.

“We have been in discussions with Zespri for a number of months about carrying out this trial and are now looking forward to further biofuel trials using other FCC vessels. We are also considering a northbound trial taking Zespri Kiwifruit to market this season.

“Biofuel supply chains are complex and there is still work to be done to ensure stable supply, however this trial is a first step towards decarbonisation with Zespri.”

Jason Te Brake added: “New Zealand’s place at the bottom of the South Pacific Ocean means accessing low emissions fuel options is a challenge, and we are actively seeking partners to shore up access to more sustainable fuels to meet our ambitious targets and the expectations of our customers and consumers.

“It’s been positive working with our long term partner FCC recognising the importance of decarbonising and future proofing the industry. This trial is a step forward and we’re pleased to be on the path to introducing low emissions fuels to carry Zespri Kiwifruit to our markets around the world in the future.”


Photo credit: Zespri
Published: 12 June 2024

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