MARPOL requires mariners to track all oil, every drop, from the time it comes on the vessel till the time it comes off the vessel, explains Marine Defender James Kline, a Marine Safety Specialist with the US Coast Guard’s Marine Inspections Division. This tracking takes the form of an Oil Record Book, which is a condition of port entry into the United States. "It's a book that shows a log of where and when they take oil on board, and when they transfer oil, even if it's throughout the ship, or off the ship to somewhere else. Inconsistencies in Oil Record Book is one of numerous red flags that would get us to start looking a little deeper into what's going on, on the vessel, with regards to filtering oil, getting rid of oil on the boat."
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