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Man admits that illegal oil was dumped at the Sewaren terminal

The chief engineer of a Greek oil tanker admitted on Tuesday to improperly discharging oily waste into the Arthur Kill in 2022:

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ – The chief engineer of a Greek oil tanker admitted Tuesday in Newark federal court to improperly discharging oily waste into the Arthur Kill near the Sewaren petroleum terminal, U.S. attorneys said.

The illegal oil dumping occurred in September 2022, federal prosecutors said.

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He and a second engineer also admitted they tried to conceal the illegal dumping by falsifying the ship’s records, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger and Assistant NJ Attorney General Todd Kim said.

Konstantinos Atsalis, 57, is the chief engineer of the M/T Kriti Rubya Greek oil tanker.

He pleaded guilty to two violations of the law for the prevention of pollution from ships, including falsifying the ship’s oil record book. Sonny Bosito, 54, the second marine engineer, pleaded guilty to violating the law for the prevention of pollution from ships.

On September 14, 2022, the Kriti Ruby was moored near the Sewaren Terminal. Prosecutors say Atsalis ordered lower-level crew members to dump the contents of the ship’s wastewater tank overboard, during which time he knew oily mixtures from the hold had already been transferred.

Atsalis also admitted to directing crew members to conceal equipment used in the dumping before U.S. Coast Guard members boarded the ship for inspection. He also falsified the boat’s logbooks, or directed others to do so.

Here is the federal indictment against both men:

Atsalis faces six years in prison in the US and a fine, and will be sentenced in October.