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What is a “magic pipe ” and what are the possible consequences of using one whilst in US waters?

A magic pipe is a length of rigid or flexible pipe used (illegally) in some ships to by-pass the oily water separator.

ย Under US federal law, separate charges of (a) conspiracy, (b) falsifying records, and (c) making false statements to a US Coast Guard officer carry sentences of: (a) up to 5 years in jail followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250, 000 fine; (b) 6 years in jail followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250, 000 fine; and (c) 5 years in jail followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250, 000 fine respectively.

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