Before the hearing, victims of Carnival's environmental crimes from the Bahamas and Alaska had filed an emergency motion to intervene in the proceeding. The judge presiding over the case allowed the victims’ legal counsel to speak at the hearing, but concluded that the victims did not have standing according to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
Commenting on the decision, Kendra Ulrich, Senior Shipping Campaigner at Stand.earth, said that:
The communities and individuals impacted by the environmental crimes from this multi-billion dollar corporation ended up with more empty words and another backroom deal that cannot even be characterized as a slap on the wrist
Before this decision, a US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation. The cruise company has been on five years probation, from April 2017, as part of a $40m settlement for dumping oil into the ocean illegally from its Princess Cruises ships and subsequently lying about the scheme, according to court filings.
Concerning the five year probation, the company was accused of dumping grey water into Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, prepared ships in advance of court-ordered audits to avoid unfavourable findings, falsified records and dumped plastic garbage into the ocean.
The probation demands a third-party inspection towards vessels that belong to Carnival Corporations and subsidiaries. Overall, the company owns nine cruise brands ans 102 ships.
In the court it was revealed that during 2017 Carnival had a programme in place to prepare ships in advance of the audits to avoid negative findings.