Ocean Dumping Whistleblowers

Do you know about someone illegally dumping into the ocean? Whistleblowers can report information about a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and receive a reward under U.S. law. APPS implements the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The law was enacted in the United States in 1980.

The problem targeted by the law, ocean dumping of oil and sludge, happens on 10-15% percent of commercial ships in the ocean and was called “virtually an epidemic” by a Department of Justice prosecutor. Without whistleblowers, it would be difficult for the government to learn of illegal oil dumping. Every year, sailors and engineers report the illegal dumping of oil to start or facilitate U.S. investigations of oil pollution in the ocean.

The U.S. offers a reward for whistleblowers reporting improper ocean dumping of oily waste.To speak to one of our whistleblower attorneys, call 1-800-590-4116.


MARPOL is the main international convention covering pollutions from ships. It covers ocean dumping of oily waste and various other types of pollution from ships.  Annex VI, which entered into force in 2005, covers sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions


APPS requires that oily waste pass through an oil water separator before discharge into the ocean. The oil must be stored until reaching port or incinerated. The operation must also be recorded in the oil record book on the vessel.

Brandon J. Lauria

McEldrew Young Attorney Brandon Lauria was Co-Counsel when a whistleblower received a reward of $250,000 in 2007 for reporting misconduct by a subsidiary of Conoco Phillips.


To speak to Brandon about reporting oil dumping from a ship into the ocean or an inland waterway, call 1-800-590-4116.

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Our whistleblower attorneys have helped numerous employees and ex-employees report misconduct by their employer under the nation’s whistleblower laws. Attorneys at McEldrew Young have assisted the United States with the recovery of billions of dollars lost due to fraud. If you are considering reporting a ship that has dumped oil overboard inappropriately, we encourage you to read more about our practice in this area, our track record, and call us if you have any questions. We’re here to help you and we will respect your confidentiality to the utmost at all stages of the process. Call us at 1-800-590-4116.

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