A hearing has been scheduled for June regarding alleged violations of a probation agreement by Carnival Corporation involving the illegal dumping of plastic garbage and gray water.
The Miami Herald reports that in a conference last Wednesday between representatives of the cruise company and U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz, the judge threatened to temporarily bar the company from docking its ships at U.S. ports over allegations that, while on probation, it had prepared ships in advance of court-ordered audits, falsified records, dumped plastic garbage into the ocean and illegally discharged gray water into Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park. The company had been on probation since 2017 as part of a settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean by its Princess Cruises brand.
“We heard the concerns expressed by Judge Seitz and will do our utmost to ensure we meet all expectations under the ECP and continue to strive to be best in class on environmental compliance,” a spokesperson for the cruise line said in a statement provided to Travel Agent. “Our environmental responsibility has been and remains a top priority for the company. Our aspiration is to leave the places we touch even better than when we first arrived. This is in the best interest of our guests, our company and the oceans upon which we travel. We look forward to clarifying any issues and demonstrating our commitment.”
According to the Herald, the judge said she would make a final decision on the matter at the June hearing.