Tanker captain arrested for leak

The US Department of Justice has arrested Davor Maric, captain of the Norwegian oil tanker M/T Freja Jutlandic, for operating an unsafe vessel. DOJ said a crew member notified the US Coast Guard Mar. 22 that the ship, in Baltimore harbor, had a serious leak in its hull that reportedly had existed since Mar. 12.


The US Department of Justice has arrested Davor Maric, captain of the Norwegian oil tanker M/T Freja Jutlandic, for operating an unsafe vessel.

DOJ said a crew member notified the US Coast Guard Mar. 22 that the ship, in Baltimore harbor, had a serious leak in its hull. The department said that the leak had existed since Mar. 12, when the ship was sailing from Europe to Bermuda, and that a patch had not worked.

The Coast Guard said the 105-516 gph leak was causing oily water to collect in the engine room.

The justice department alleged that Captain Maric cabled the ship�s operator Mar. 20, asking if he should report the problem to the Coast Guard in Baltimore, but he was instructed to sail to Tampa , Fla., for repairs. Justice said the law requires the master of a ship to report hazardous conditions to the Coast Guard Captain of the port.

The criminal complaint alleges that Capt. Maric made false statements and presented false documents to the Coast Guard and did not log discharges of oily bilge water from the leak.

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