The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release reporting that the Chief Officer of the U.S. tanker TRINITY has been indicted for causing
the death of a crewmember during a tank cleaning operation through misconduct, negligence, and inattention to duty. The Chief Officer
allegedly directed the crewmember to enter and clean a cargo tank despite the fact that he knew or should have known that the atmosphere in the tank contained dangerous levels of combustible gas
. The crewmember entered the tank as directed, was overcome and died. An indictment represents charges brought by a grand jury and must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt by the
in a jury trial. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted, the defendant could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 criminal fine.
Source: HK Law