Multi-million dollar fine for tanker group in magic pipe incident

A US federal district court has fined Navimax Corp $2m for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a US Coast Guard investigation.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Navimax, a subsidiary of Navios Maritime Holdings, operated the Nave Cielo, a 750ft oil tanker. Prior to a formal inspection on December 7th 2017, the US Coast Guard boarded the vessel near Delaware City when a crewmember gave the officers a thumb drive containing two separate videos depicting a high-volume discharge of dark brown and black oil waste from a five-inch pipe, located 15ft above water level. Subsequent investigation during a more comprehensive inspection on December 7th found that the discharge, lasting some 10 minutes, took place on November 2nd 2017 in international waters, after the ship left New Orleans en route to Belgium.

During the USCG boarding crewmembers presented the ship’s Oil Record Book, which did not record this discharge.

The fine was accompanied by a four-year term of probation, during which the defendant’s fleet of ships will be monitored.