It was proved the “magic pipe” had been used on Aug. 23, 2013, to illegally discharge oily waste off the coast of England, as an example. Two other illegal practices were found to have taken place on the Caribbean Princess as well as four other Princess ships. Princess will pay a $40 million penalty, the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution. The plea agreement was announced Thursday by Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida.
Independent audits during five years by an outside entity and a court appointed monitor for this vessel and for some others owned by Carnival Corporation were also imposed. The Caribbean Princess cruise ship visited various U.S. ports in Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Virginia.