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Planning of Education and Training -Case Study – Oil Record Books

A case study from the P&I Club Gard which highlighted ships Chief Engineer was unable to account for all sludge disposal also involving the incinerator. It was eventually proven after some weeks that there had been no illegal discharge, however the Officers had put themselves at risk through inaccurate entries in the ORB and ‘suspect’ statements to the USCG.

Please note in particular.

1. The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) is the US version of MARPOL.

2. It is both a civil and a criminal violation under APPS and domestic US law to intentionally falsify an Oil Record Book.

3. If the entries are intended to hide discharges of oily waste water, for example, by bypassing the oily water separator, the penalties can be very severe.

4. Even although there was no illegal discharge, the Chief Engineer was fined for lying to the USCG officer and for making false entries in the Oil Record Book. He was also detained in the USA for a number of weeks while the investigation was ongoing.

The USA remains the highest risk, however many other Port State Control regimes examine records of environmental discharges very carefully. It is therefore critical that Oil Record Books, Garbage Disposal Records, Ballast Management plans and the US Vessel General Permit Log are accurately maintained and agree with records maintained in Sounding Books and other associated Logbooks.

Please review compliance onboard your vessel and discuss this at the next management and safety meetings. Any concerns are to be brought to the immediate intention of your management ashore.

Education and training for the master and chief engineer of each ship which would include:

a) Roles and responsibilities in the EMS

b) Compliance with the requirements of the manual environmental management system

c) Encouragement to raise awareness of environmental issues amongst the crew as well as to report any non-conformity or environmental concerns to the office. Such training is a part of Pre-boarding training in office.

d) Evaluation and review of education and training

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