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.
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