Carnival informed the USCG on January 2 that the cruise ship Carnival Elation accidentally released 6,000 gallons of gray water into the harbor at Port Canaveral, Florida. The incident took place during routine deballasting at the pier.
According to the Guardian, Ada Colau, Barcelona’s mayor, promised to restrict the number of cruise ships calling the city ports. She believes that the limitations will decrease pollution in the city. The mayor continued that the limits proposed are set to reduce pollution in the city, where air quality regularly exceeds World Health Organization limits for nitrogen oxide and PM10 particulates.
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.
A Marseille court has eventually imposed a fine of €100,000 (USD 114,000) to the American Captain of the P&O Cruises-operated ship ‘Azura’ for ‘deliberately’ breaching the European air pollution limits, in a first of its kind ruling, on Monday. However, the court specified that the €80,000 of this sum must be paid by the P&O Cruises’ parent company, Carnival.
A P&O cruise ship spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into the Great Barrier Reef during August, as Greens senator Larissa Waters told a hearing, citing a, yet unpublished, AMSA report on the incident. Waste from the galley tank was discharged by engineers in the Great Barrier Reef.
As part of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, operating the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, announced it is eliminating single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships and two island destinations.
This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.
The Minister of the Greek Merchant Shipping, Panagiotis Kouroublis, has ordered the removal of the wreck of the Κ/Ζ Sea Diamond cruise ship, which sank off the Greek island of Santorini ten years ago.
Despite claims that newer vessels are clean and green, pollution from the cruise ship industry is still massive and little progress has been made towards emissions reduction, according to NABU’s 2017 cruise ship rankings. The cruise industry responded to the study by claiming that these rankings disregard legally-proved technologies.
US Department of Justice announced that Princess Cruise Lines was sentenced to pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs, in order to conceal the discharges, in Miami, Florida.
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