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  • Writer's pictureStephan Busch

Criminal pollution which made Carnival laugh, all the way to the bank

Another court ruling gone wrong

Seattle attorney Knoll Lowney argues, shows that Carnival’s widespread criminal pollution occurred on at least five ships (Caribbean Princess, Golden Princess, Coral Princess, Grand Princess and Star Princess) continuously over a ten year period, and these ships unquestionably were operating and polluting in the waters of the Bahamas and Alaska for much of that ten year period.

The writ also references the original plea agreement which contains “an explicit settlement of crimes by Carnival and its subsidiaries for making and using false statements and records and obstruction of justice relating to improper discharges of oil and falsification of data across their entire fleets.”

There is no question of course that Carnival’s continued environmental crimes committed during the Court ordered probation took place in Alaska (where it committed the federal offense of discharging 25,000 gallons of untreated grey water in National Glacier Park) and in the Bahamas (where the Carnival Elation, photo above, discharged plastic items mixed together with food in the waters of the Bahamas).

The writ points out that the original plea agreement (which resulted in a $40,000,000 fine) involved the criminal discharge of oil from secret valves installed on at least five Carnival-owned ships over a ten year period.

As one commentator said – Carnival’s fine (less than 0.07 % of net income) was a tickle of their feet … which made them laugh, all the way to the bank.”

Quotes thanks to Cruise Law News a website by Jim Walker

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