MV Lindavia, a 30,600 deadweight tonne, Liberian-flagged container ship – belongs to German shipping company Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. The vessel Lindavia was found to dump 1780 gallons of oily water into Alaska’s Aleutian Islands early this year.
From the media reports, there has been a bunker leak incident where the heavy fuel oil from the bunker tank seeped into the cargo hold area through a corroded bulkhead. Following the bunker leak, cleaning was carried out at a South Korean shipyard, which was incomplete.
The incomplete cleaning resulted in polluted water being accumulated in the cargo hold area. This polluted oily water was subsequently dumped into the U.S. waters for which the company has been fined $750,000 by the U.S.C.G. It is to be noted that Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. was fined over $1.25 million last year for a disposal/fuel oil leak from one of its vessels M/V Bellavia.