Carnival's Princess Cruises was hit with a $40 million fine for "deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up," according to the Department of Justice -- the largest ocean pollution penalty in U.S. history.
The company also pleaded guilty to seven felony charges for crimes committed over eight years. According to the Justice Department, the cruise line made an effort to "hide the deliberate pollution of our seas with oily waste," Miami U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer said.
Princess Cruise Lines will pay the largest criminal fine ever levied for ocean pollution.
Our open seas are not dumping grounds for waste.
Princess Cruise Lines has apologized for the pollution.
The company's president Jan Swartz said:
"We are very sorry for any harm done to the environment and regret the actions of our employees."
Princess Cruises used a "magic pipe" connected to a tank used to dump waste into the water.
As part of the agreement, Princess Cruise Lines will participate in an environmental compliance program. A reported $10 million of the settlement will go toward community service projects to benefit marine environments.
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