Ship Engineer Admits To Dumping Oil Waste In New Orleans

By Gina Kim (May 19, 2022, 7:37 PM EDT) -- A Russian ship engineer pled guilty Wednesday to dumping 10,000 gallons of oil-contaminated bilge water overboard off the New Orleans coast last year and lying about the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard, which was alerted by a whistleblower via a social media app.

Kirill Kompaniets — a Russian national and chief engineer of the M/V Gannet Bulker, a foreign-flagged bulk carrier registered in the Marshall Islands — pled guilty in Louisiana federal court to two felony counts relating to the deliberate, illegal dumping of the water on March 14, 2021, after an engine room on the ship flooded from an...

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