A senior engineering officer employed by d’Amico Shipping Italia was sentenced to eight months in prison for deliberately concealing a vessel’s discharge of oily waste into the sea. According to the statement released by the district of New Jersey, last summer Girolamo Curatolo, chief engineer of the oil tanker Cielo di Milano, admitted that the crew had intentionally bypassed required pollution prevention equipment by discharging oily waste from the engine room through its sewage system into the sea. He also admitted that he falsified the vessel’s oil record book, a required log regularly inspected by the US Coast Guard, and made false statements to the Coast Guard.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Curatolo to one year of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.
Another officer, Danilo Maimone, the ship’s first assistant engineer, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiring to obstruct justice is scheduled for sentencing on January 18, 2017.