The operator of a UK registered container ship has been ordered to pay £17,311.01 for breaching oil pollution legislation.

The Ever Sigma – operated by Evergreen Marine – was en route from Greece to the Netherlands when 700 litres of heavy fuel oil went overboard.

The incident occurred when the chief engineer decided to carry out an internal transfer of heavy fuel oil using 2 pumps.

The heavy fuel oil was not pre-heated prior to the transfer – and the vessel’s master was not informed.

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