Carnival Cruise Ships Dumping off Santa Barbara?
By Martha S.
New reports are coming out detailing how the Carnival Corporation was previously convicted of dumping oily waste into the ocean and lying about it to regulators, and now they've continued to dump waste in ports and waters close to shores around the world.
The Miami Herald investigated this stating, "[Carnival] ships illegally discharged more than a half-million gallons of treated sewage, gray water, oil and food waste, and burned heavy fuel oil in ports and waters close to shores around the world, according to a court-appointed monitor."
It went on to state, "the findings are part of a pattern of illegal behavior during Carnival Corp.’s first of five years on probation that led U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz to publish a previously confidential report last week. In the 205-page report, the monitor overseeing Carnival Corp.’s environmental compliance flagged more than 800 incidents from April 2017 to April 2018."
The entire article is very thorough and details the cruise liner's variety of misdeeds.
The Carnival Corporation owns Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn. All three of these cruise lines have docked off the Santa Barbara coast, according to the City of Santa Barbara's website.
From September 2018 through April 2019, 11 of the 15 ships that have visited our local waters are owned by the Carnival Corporation.
Will local leaders ban the Carnival Corporation from docking off our coast since they've proven to dump waste?