Ship’s Engineer Pleads Guilty to Pollution

Ship’s Engineer Pleads Guilty to Pollution

The Justice Department announced the guilty plea of a ship’s engineer on July 23 for violating federal water pollution laws.

Yavuz Mogultay, second assistant engineer aboard the Maltese flag bulk carrier M/V Avenue Star, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla., to one count of failing to maintain an oil record book, and using a “magic pipe” bypass.

During an inspection at the port of Tampa in October 2009, crew members tipped Coast Guard inspectors that Mogultay was using hoses to bypass the ship’s oil-water separator, allowing oily waste to be dumped overboard.

Mogultay will be sentenced at a later date. He could face a maximum sentence of six years in federal prison.

-- Contact R.G. Edmonson at bedmonson@joc.com.