By Tampa Bay Business Journal

Cargo ship engineer Yavuz Mogultay faces up to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a case involving oil dumping.

Mogultay was a second assistant engineer onboard the cargo ship MV Avenue Star when he used bypass hoses to shortcut the vesselâ¿¿s pollution prevention equipment and discharge oil waste from the engine room, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. He failed to record the discharges properly, the statement said.

Based on a complaint lodged by several crewmembers, the U.S. Coast Guard discovered the oil in the ballast water tank when it inspected the vessel on Oct. 21 at the Port of Tampa.

Mogultay pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with knowingly failing to fully and accurately maintain an oil record book as required by international treaty and U.S. law.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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