The ship dumped some barrels of hydraulic oil over the side.
According to documents and statements made in court, on April 27, 2014, crew members of the M/V Murcia Carrier dumped several barrels of hydraulic oil overboard at the direction of the vessel’s Chief Mate, Valerii Georgiev. The dumping occurred in international waters off the coast of Florida while the vessel was in transit from Costa Rica to New Jersey. The discharges were not recorded in either the ship’s oil record book or garbage record book, as required by the APPS. In an effort to conceal the dumping, crewmembers presented a U.S. Coast Guard boarding team with a false oil record book and garbage record book when the vessel arrived in Gloucester, New Jersey.
Obviously this was a bad move on the part of the crew but what was he supposed to do with it? If it’s left on board they will get nailed by PSC.
It’s become increasingly difficult to get rid of waste aboard ship. It’s typical that the U.S. goverment would take the approach to simply raise fines to high level and encourage whistle blowing.
By contrast the approach in ports in the EU countries is to charge the ships a fee for waste disposal regardless if it’s used or not. So for the crew, disposal of waste is “free”, the owner cannot avoid waste disposal charges.