Carnival cruises to pay $40 million for deliberate pollution

The Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator, will plead guilty to seven felony counts related to illegally dumping contaminated waste from Caribbean Princess cruise ships and intentionally trying to cover it up, the US Justice Department said Thursday.

Princess will pay a $40 million penalty – the largest amount ever charged for deliberate vessel pollution – for using a so-called “magic pipe” that allowed ship engineers to bypass the ship’s normal equipment and dump oily waste into the ocean, in addition to other illegal practices.

“Let’s be very clear: Princess engaged in exceptionally serious criminal offenses,” Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said at a press conference. “It deliberately violated the international law regime designed to make sure that our precious oceans are protected.” READ MORE.