Eight months in Connecticut were punishment enough for a white-haired Greek sailor who squandered his one last romance with the sea by colluding in scheme to dump oil overboard.
Petros Renieris, chief engineer on the M/T Kriton , has been landlocked in Connecticut ever since March, when his ship was halted in New Haven Harbor by a whistleblower’s cry. The Greek sailor pleaded guilty in September to fudging oil records in order to cover up the dumping of waste oil into international waters.
“I love the sea,” Renieris told Judge Janet Bond Arterton as he stood awaiting his sentence in New Haven U.S. Distict Court. After pleading guilty to one count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, he faced up to six years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
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