Today, the Federal District Court presiding over the pollution case against Princess Cruises ordered the public filing of several reports issued by the Court Appointed Monitor (“CAM”). The Miami Herald, which previously filed a motion to intervene into this case, requested that the Court order that the CAM’s quarterly reports for the past year be
Shameless Cruise Industry Touts It’s Environmental Practices
The cruise industry is touting a report titled Evaluation of Cruise Industry, Global Environmental Practices and Performance.
It’s a non-critical summary paid for by the industry’s trade organization, the Cruise Line International Association ("CLIA"). The report is largely a PR stunt which omits the relevant, recent history of the practice committed over the course…
Friends of the Earth Sue EPA Over Cruise & Cargo Ship Sewage
Yesterday the Friends of the Earth (FOE) filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to force the federal agency to regulate sewage discharges from cruise ships and other vessels in U.S. waters.
As the Palm Beach Post points out, cruise ships alone dumped more than one…
Brazilian Cruise Pollution Debate Continues: Sewage or Silt?
A week ago we discussed a controversy which erupted in Brazil when around 60 bathers on Turtle Beach in the beautiful resort town of Buzios became ill. Government officials suspected that a cruise ship discharged noxious liquids and waste into the waters.
A newspaper in Brazil, Globo, covered the story and posted aerial photographs of…
Governor Parnell Continues to Advance Dirty Cruise Industry’s Interests
Governor Parnell and the pro-cruise pollution legislators in Alaska have some new talking points in their efforts to weaken the cruise line waste water restrictions. They say that its not the cruise sewage that will harm the state’s image but their opponents’ "hype" that easing the standards will result in "dirty water and terrible discharges."…
Princess Cruises Fined for Dumping 66,000 Gallons of Chlorinated Water into Glacier Bay in Alaska
KTOO news station in Alaska reports today that the Environmental Protection Agency fined Princess Cruises $20,000 for dumping water from six swimming pools aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in 2011.
The EPA announced the fine against the cruise line yesterday.
Princess was forced to sign a consent agreement…
“Most Wanted” for Cruise Ship Pollution: Royal Caribbean Chief Engineer Michael Psomadakis – But Is He Really The Only Culprit?
Do you know this former Royal Caribbean crew member?
He’s on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s "Most Wanted" List. Here’s the story:
In 1993, Michael Evangelos Psomadakis was the chief engineer aboard RCCL’s Nordic Empress cruise ship which routinely discharged oil into the water. But the Nordic Empress was no island to itself. RCCL’s…
Cruise Ships Turn British Columbia Waters into “Toilet Bowel of Raw Sewage”
The Vancouver Sun published a provocative headline this weekend entitled "B.C. Waters a Toilet Bowl of Raw Sewage."
It caught my attention after my family just returned from a vacation from British Columbia, where my kids surfed and we went whale watching in the B.C. waters.
Environmentalists’ believe that waters off British Columbia in Canada are the…
Cruise Ships in South Carolina – Harmless Fun or Environmental Scourge?
The Charleston City Paper has an interesting headline this morning – "Are Cruise Ship Harmless Fun Or An Environmental Scourge?"
The article raises the issue of how South Carolina will face its future as a state with a major cruise port. Unlike progressive states like Alaska, California and Maine which regulate waste water discharges, the state…