The chemical tanker Amber 1 was fined for violation of MARPOL Annex V and suspected for food waste disposal of at sea. The water police in Kiel boarded the vessel for regular check and declared that the crew stored the waste on board, outside of collecting points and unsorted. Also there were missing notices and suspection for wrongly disposed garbage into the water of North Sea. The water police found several deficiencies and violations of the MARPOL Annex V. The vessel’s chief officer was fined and Federal Maritime and Hydrography Agency issued a security guarantee to release the vessel. After the water police check was completed, the ship was released to resume the voyage.
The local authorities and water police Kiel initiated investigation for the accident. The ship resumed the voyage to Nynashamn with 5 hours delay. It is not clear if there was waste disposal at sea, but according to the local authorities there were evidences and information about this, which was the reason for routine check.
The chemical tanker Amber 1 (IMO: 9174713) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 4,999 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,159 GRT. The vessel was built in 1997 by Samho Shipbuilding in their yard in Tongyoung, South Korea. The chemical tanker Amber 1 is owned and managed by the Denmark’s company Transmarine Tankers.