Ships In Port


Genmar Hope
April 7, 2009, 5:45 am
Filed under: Ships

The Suezmax tanker, Genmar Hope, is at Pier 2. The tanker was built in 1999 by Daewoo and is owned by General Maritime (Portugal) which was recently fined for

making false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard and failing to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book designed to prevent pollution of the world’s oceans as required by United States and international law

According to the Department of Justice,

Engine room operations on-board large oceangoing vessels such as the Genmar Defiance generate large amounts of waste oil.  International and U.S. law prohibit the discharge of waste oil above 15 parts per million oil to water; which can be achieved by the proper operation of an oil-water separator.  The law also requires that all of the oil transferred onto, off of, or between tanks within a ship be recorded in the Oil Record Book so all the oil on a ship can be accounted for when the ship is inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and other port state control authorities around the world.

For their negligence the company was fined $1 million – a seemingly small amount. However,

Chief Engineer Antonio Rodrigues was previously sentenced for the same violations on Feb. 10, 2009 to three months of confinement in a half-way house, a $500 fine, a special assessment of $200 and five years of probation.  First Engineer Cavadas was likewise sentenced on Feb. 10, 2009 to six months of confinement in a half-way house, a $500 fine, a special assessment of $200 and five years of probation.

Another all-around upstanding company – welcome to Portland.

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