Adding to the ongoing saga of environmental faults in within the cruise industry, as first displayed by Royal Caribbean in the 1990's, Carnival Corp
. fell victim today to this continual problem, when the multi-million dollar company guilty to ocean pollution charges brought by the U.S. government.
The Miami-based company, which operates 43 cruise ships, for lines such as Cunard and Holland admitted, in U.S. District Court in Miami, to six counts of falsifying records on oil-contaminated discharges, according to a company spokesman. The line has agreed to pay $18 million in fines and penalties for its actions.
It was decided that Carnival will agree to pay $9 million in fines and spend $9 million on environmental projects, hire pollution watchdogs for five years on its ships and land facilities, and well as hiring an executive-level environmental-standards officer, the spokesman said.