Alaska Alleges Cruise Lines Violated Air Emission Laws

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation contends that cruise lines have violated Alaska air pollution regulations for the past five years. 

Tradewinds, a shipping trade organization, and the Juneau Empire report that Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and Royal Caribbean Cruises disclosed in recent SEC earnings reports that they violated Alaskan Marine Vessel Visible Emission Standards.

Alaska Air EmissionsKRBD reports that the v\alleged violation of the Alaskan air pollution law is widespread in the cruise industry. The community radio program interviewed a specialist at the Alaskan environmental program who identified other cruise lines who are accused of violating Alaskan law. In addition to NCL and Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Celebrity and Silverseas violated the emission standards according to the environmental specialist. 

Alaska issued 18 notices of violation involving 48 instances of excessive air emissions since 2010, according to KRBD. Each violation of law carries a fine of approximately $37,500. 

The cruise line are contesting the violations and are in negotiation with Alaska. 

The cruise industry, which largely burns cheap filthy bunker fuel, is installing scrubbers to reduce air emissions.

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Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas cruise ship - AlaskanLibrarian's Flickr photostream

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John Goldsmith - August 12, 2015 1:53 PM

This report seems to indicate that virtually ALL cruise ships violate the local ordinance for air pollution. Am I reading that right Jim?
What would be the impact for the lines to pay the $1.8 million dollars in fines versus the overall revenue from the Alaska Schedule, or worst case scenario cancelling All cruise to Alaska?
Please keep us updated on these procedures.

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