Cruise company fined €37 million for deliberately dumping into the seas

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3117750 Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 10:22 AM Source: Curt AndersonThe US investigation began after British coast guard officials tipped off their American counterparts. The Caribbean Princess began making illegal discharges in 2005, a year after the ship entered service.The ship’s chief engineer and senior first engineer ordered a coverup, including simultaneously discharging clean seawater so that digital records would indicate that a legitimate discharge had occurred, according to the Justice Department.Investigators uncovered other illegal practices intended to hide oily discharges by the Caribbean Princess and four other Princess vessels, meaning that illegal discharges in US waters were likely.Princess is a subsidiary of the cruise lines giant Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company.As part of the plea agreement, Princess agreed to plead guilty to illegal dumping, and the eight Carnival cruise companies will be subject to a court-supervised environmental compliance program for five years, the Justice Department said.© – AFP 2016Read: China is building a full-size replica of the Titanic> By AFP 30,587 Views Short URL Dec 3rd 2016, 10:22 AM 19 Comments It reflects very poorly on Princess’s culture and management. This is a company that knew better and should have done better.Prosecutors said the pollution was discovered after a recently-hired marine engineer on the Caribbean Princess revealed the existence of a “magic pipe” used in August 2013 to spew 4,227 gallons (16,000 liters) of oily waste off the coast of England. Cruise company fined €37 million for deliberately dumping into the seas The Caribbean Princess began making illegal discharges in 2005, a year after the ship entered service. Share101 Tweet Email3 PRINCESS CRUISE LINES will pay a €37 million ($40 million) fine for deliberately dumping waste into the seas it sails in and attempting to cover it up.The fine imposed on the California company for polluting US waters with oil waste from the Caribbean Princess is the largest ever criminal penalty for deliberate vessel pollution, the US Justice Department said. Princess Cruise Lines’ Pacific Princess sails past Cunard’s Queen Mary II in port at Southampton Docks Source: Chris Ison“The pollution in this case was the result of more than just bad actors on one ship,” the department’s chief environmental prosecutor John Cruden said in a statement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img