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Author Topic: Federal judge threatens to ban Princess ships from docking at U.S. ports.  (Read 12 times)
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« on: April 16, 2019, 09:09:37 AM »

"Judge Patricia Seitz says she wishes she could send the board chairman and president of Carnival Corporation to jail. “The people at the top are treating this as a gnat,” Seitz told the Miami Herald. “If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention center for a couple of days. It’s amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality.”

What Seitz is referring to is Carnival’s noncompliance with environmental monitoring that’s required under a five-year probation that began in 2017. That, along with a hefty USD$40 million fine – the largest ever imposed by the U.S. for intentional vessel pollution – is part of a court-ordered penalty after ships in Carnival’s Princess Cruise line were caught dumping oil in the ocean for eight years.

They were finally stopped by a whistleblower, a new crew engineer, who in August 2013 reported the oil dumping in UK waters to the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The crew member got off in Southampton and quit, while the UK and U.S. authorities worked together to build the case.

Now, more than five years later, Carnival’s top company executives didn’t even bother to appear on April 10 for the hearing on their probation violation, and Seitz warned that she expects them to be there when she makes her final ruling in June. If she makes good on her threat, Carnival ships will not be allowed to dock at U.S. ports."

https://www.sustainability-times.com/environmental-protection/judge-threatens-to-ban-polluting-cruise-ships-from-u-s-ports/
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2019, 09:19:17 AM »

"According to court filings, the court-appointed monitor found that Carnival and its subsidiaries have repeatedly falsified records while on probation as recently as September 2018, when a second engineer on Holland America’s Westerdam ship falsified maintenance records to make it look like he had cleaned and tested equipment when he had not."

During a ship audit in December 2018, according to court filings, monitors found the Carnival Elation ship had dumped plastic overboard; the plastic wasn’t being separated from the food waste. Auditors also found plastic wasn’t being separated properly on the Sea Princess ship in December 2017, the Ruby Princess ship in February 2018, and the Carnival Dream in August 2018."

https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_1096304e-5c02-11e9-b298-73ef49c7b9d7.amp.html
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 07:50:40 AM »

No one I talked to last week on the Crown seemed to want to talk about it.   Grin
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