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Princess Cruising => Princess News & Princess Chatter => Topic started by: Host Mike on June 15, 2019, 05:57:50 PM

Title: Princess Cruises, agreed to pay a criminal penalty of $20 million for polluting
Post by: Host Mike on June 15, 2019, 05:57:50 PM
"In a long history of plastic waste and oil dumping, Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world, admitted its subsidiary dumped plastic overboard in the Bahamas.

The subsidiary, Princess Cruises, has agreed to pay a criminal penalty of $20 million for illegal dumping and environmental violations.

Judge Patricia Seitz ordered all members of the Carnival Corporation Executive Committee to attend the hearing as Seitz grew increasingly frustrated at Carnival's long history of environmental violations associated with dumping waste overboard.

Carnival Corporation has agreed to pay $20 million after pleading guilty to releasing food and plastic waste into the ocean off the Bahamas. Environmental groups and customers have argued that fines on the order of $20 million are not significant enough to force Carnival Corp to change its long-held dumping practices. The fine of $20 million is equivalent to just 0.1% of the $18.88 billion Carnival Corp. brought in for 2018.

Carnival pleaded guilty to dumping plastic waste, not accurately recording waste disposals, creating false waste records, and sending crews to temporarily fix environmental violations before they can be inspected.
Title: Whistleblower - one of the ship's engineers originally brought the case
Post by: Host Mike on June 15, 2019, 06:22:38 PM
"A whistleblower – one of the ship’s engineers — originally brought that case to the authorities. That’s how regulators get most of their cases these days, according to a  Department of Justice official who spoke at a panel on the topic in April.

The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships includes a whistleblower provision. Regulators say the six-to-eight people in the engineer room are often the only people who know what is happening on boats far from shore.

Since the 2017 violation, Carnival has been operating under a “supervised environmental compliance plan (ECP), including audits by an independent company and oversight by a Court Appointed Monitor,” according to the Monday announcement. The auditors basically found the company was not following the plan.

Violations Carnival admitted to include “interfering with the court’s supervision of probation by sending undisclosed teams to ships to prepare them for the independent inspections required during probation. “The court ordered them to stop. According to the DOJ, they didn’t. “Documents filed in court showed that a purpose of the vessel visit programs was to avoid adverse findings during the inspections.”

Many cases involve what is known at a “Magic Pipe,” a system set up to illegally discharge untreated oily waste. In the 2017 case, the whistleblower took photos of the magic pipe and handed them to inspector in in England and New York in 2013. During subsequent inspections, crew members lied to inspectors about the pipe, on order from Caribbean Princess engineering officers, according to Monday’s DOJ update."