A UK ship appears to be the source of oil pollution whilst at sea, and the cause is discovered to be a new 3rd Engineer who is pumping bilges in contravention of company rules. What action should the master take?

(1) Stop the polluting activity.Β 

(2) Record the pollution in the ORB. (3) Report the pollution in accordance with MGN 242. (4) Raise a non-conformity in accordance with the ship’s SMS. (5) Take disciplinary action (in accordance with MN or Company Code of Conduct if applicable), giving an oral or written warning, as appropriate. (6) Give the engineer further training in pollution prevention. (7) Make entries in the Official Log Book recording the pollution, the breach of company rules, the disciplinary action and the remedial training.


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