Cruise Line Fined $40-million Over Secret Pollution

Posted by on Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Princess Cruise Lines has been fined $40-million after pleading guilty to illegally dumping oil off the coast of the United States and Britain.

A device called a “magic pipe” was installed on at least one of its vessels to allow illegal oil dumping.

On August 26, 2013, the crew of the Caribbean Princess deliberately discharged 4,227 gallons of oil-contaminated waste off the southern coast of Britain.

An investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division found that the practice had been taking place on the Caribbean Princess and four other Princess ships – Star Princess, Grand Princess, Coral Princess and Golden Princess – since 2005.

It is unclear is a similar event happened in Canada as Princess Cruise Lines frequent ports in this country.

Princess Cruises is a cruise line based in Santa Clarita, California, in the United States.



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