Greece Levies Fines Over Sunken Cruise Ship

Greek authorities on Monday assessed fines reaching $1.57 million against the owners, operators and captain of a cruise ship that sunk off Santorini in the Aegean Sea in April. The Sea Diamond cruise ship leaked an estimated 300 tons of fuel into the sea since it ran aground on April 5, killing two. The ship's owner, Louis Group, operator Louis Cruise Lines, and the ship's captain, Yiannis Marinos, were fined for polluting the sea and failing to submit a plan to pump out the ship's remaining fuel. Santorini port officials already imposed daily fines of $12,000 per day. Louis Group offered no comment, but those close to the clean up say it is running smoothly. Captain Marinos and five other crewmembers still face criminal charges of negligence.

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