Criminal enforcement

What consequences do lawbreakers face?

confused?A number of U.S. laws cover pollution incidents and penalties. Below, we list some of the civil and criminal penalties that those laws include, as well as other laws that cover offenses such as lying to government officials. If you are concerned about the actions of others on the vessel, you may want to share this information with them.


What happens if you or another crew member violates a U.S. pollution law?

In the last few years, seafarers entering United States waters have encountered vigorous and frequent investigations into and prosecutions of environmental crimes and related offenses. These prosecutions usually involve a charge of deliberate discharge of oil by someone (or multiple people) aboard the vessel. More often, officials bring charges against persons who tried to cover up the action through false record book entries.

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