Princess Cruises has been hit with a whopping $40 million fine after pleading guilty to dumping polluted waste into the sea, and then trying to cover up their actions.
The shocking cover up was exposed after an engineer aboard Caribbean Princess contacted the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency to report the use of a diversion pipe to bypass pollution-prevention equipment on board, enabling the dumping of contaminated oily waste into the water off the English coast on August 23, 2013.
The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, as the ship was sailing to America, who then ordered an inspection in the port of New York on September 14, 2013. It was discovered that the chief engineer and senior first engineer then ordered a cover-up, including removal of the diversion pipe and ordering crew members to lie about the operation. They also discovered the ship had been making illegal oil dumps since 2005.
“The pollution in this case was the result of more than just bad actors on one ship,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “It reflects very poorly on Princess’s culture and management. This is a company that knew better and should have done better.”