- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two senior engineers of an Italian shipping company’s oil tanker have admitted to deliberately concealing that the ship discharged oily waste into the sea.

Girolamo Curatolo and Danilo Maimone, both of Sicily, pleaded guilty in federal court in New Jersey Thursday.

Curatolo, the chief engineer, admitted that the crew bypassed pollution prevention equipment and discharged the oily waste through its sewage system into the sea.

Curatolo admitted that he falsified an oil record log and both men admitted they instructed lower-level crew members to lie to the U.S. Coast Guard during inspections.

The discharges came aboard a vessel owned by D’Amica Shipping Italia S.p.A. It visited ports in New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.

The men face up to five years in prison. They will be sentenced Nov. 21.

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