Captain, engineers charged with polluting waters

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The captain of a foreign-flagged vessel and two engineers have been charged with keeping false books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from two ships.

The allegations involve the Khana and Sohoh, two Panamanian-flagged freighters operated by a Korean company that carries frozen seafood to Asia.

The Coast Guard detained the ships in Dutch Harbor last month for possible violations.

Inspectors found oil laden bypass hoses on the two ships, which they believe were used to circumvent a required pollution prevention device, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage.

The bypass hoses allowed the dumping of oily bilge water and sludge directly from the ships. The criminal complaint also alleges that the defendants maintained false record books. The books are required to document all overboard discharges.

The defendants are Doo Hyon Kim, captain of the Khana; In Ho Kim, the Khana's chief engineer; and Min Gwen Go, the Sohoh's chief engineer.

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