Carnival Corp. to pay $20 million fine over pollution violations

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 5, 2019

Princess was ordered to pay $40 million as part of the settlement.

"The company pleads guilty", Arnold said six times in a packed courtroom that include other senior Carnival executives, including company chairman and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison.

However, Judge Seitz noted pointedly, "The proof will be in the pudding, won't it?"

Carnival admitted violating terms of probation from a 2016 criminal conviction for discharging oily waste from its Princess Cruise Lines ships and covering it up. The inspector found over 800 violations of Carnival's five-year probation between April 2017 and April 2018, though the violations were accidental and disclosed by Carnival, the Miami Herald reported. Other violations include falsifying records, communicating with the US Coast Guard through a back channel, failing to give enough authority to the company's environmental compliance officer and rushing to clean up ships ahead of visits by a court-appointed monitor. Two of those ships - Carnival Valor and Carnival Glory - homeport in New Orleans.

Seitz at an earlier hearing threatened to bar Carnival from docking at US ports because of the violations and said she might hold executives individually liable for the probation violations. "My goal is to have the defendant change its behavior".

Carnival Corp. President Arnold Donald leaves federal court, Monday, June 3, 2019, in Miami.

Under the settlement, Carnival promised there will be additional audits to check for violations, a restructuring of the company's compliance and training programs, a better system for reporting environmental violations to state and federal agencies and improved waste management practices. If the company misses certain deadlines, it will be fined up to $1 million per day, and up to $10 million per day if it misses the deadlines by 10 days. If a second round of deadlines are not met, the fines could go up to $10 million a day. The company also agreed to reduce its use of single-use plastics by 50% by December 31, 2021 and commit $20 million to improve food waste management on its shps, although the deal does not make clear how those items will be enforced.

Seitz is retiring later this year and is turning over the case to U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro, who jointly presided over Monday's hearing.

Sam Duncombe, head of local environmental group reEarth, was one of three people behind an emergency motion seeking to be recognised in the proceedings as a victim and granted the powers and responsibilities that come with that distinction.

"A corporation is responsible to its shareholders and board of directors to be profitable, but not by breaking the law and destroying the very environment in which it navigates for profit", said U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida. "Here we are again".

Under the deal, Carnival Corp.

Carnival Corp. reached a settlement with federal prosecutors in which the world's largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty for its ships continuing to pollute the ocean despite promising years ago to stop.

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