Shipping company convicted for concealing illegal discharges of oily water

Singapore-based Unix Line Pte Ltd., the primary ship management arm of MOL Chemical Tankers, has pleaded guilty in US federal court to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

Unix Line admitted that, during the vessel’s voyage from the Philippines to Richmond, California, crew members of chemical/oil products tanker Zao Galaxy (IMO 9566150) knowingly failed to record in the vessel’s oil record book the overboard discharge of oily bilge water without the use of required pollution-prevention equipment.

The Zao Galaxy set sail from the Philippines on January 21st 2019 with a cargo of palm oil, en route for Richmond, California. On February 11th 2019 she arrived in Richmond and underwent a US Coast Guard inspection. Examiners discovered that, during the voyage, a Unix Line-affiliated ship officer directed crew members to discharge oily bilge water overboard, using a configuration of drums, flexible pipes, and flanges to bypass the vessel’s oil water separator. The discharges were knowingly not recorded in the Zao Galaxy’s oil record book.

Unix Line’s sentencing hearing will be before US District Court Judge Jon S Tigar in Oakland, California, scheduled for March 20th. 2012-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 16,408 gt Zao Galaxy is owned by GFL Moon Marshall Ltd care of commercial manager MOL Chemical Tankers Pte ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Unix Line Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group London J1) on behalf of FGL Moon Marshall Ltd