Caribbean Princess discharged thousands of gallons of polluted bilge waste along British coast, while other ships used rigged sensors to hide contaminationPrincess Cruise Lines will pay a US$40m penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship’s use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters.Miami US attorney Wifredo Ferrer told a news conference the penalty was the largest ever of its kind. A plea agreement filed in federal court also requires Carnival, the UK and US-listed parent company of the Princess line, to submit 78 cruise ships across its eight brands to a five-year environmental compliance programme overseen by a judge. Continue reading...
Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruise Lines will plead guilty to seven felony charges and pay $40 million for deliberately polluting the ocean and attempting to cover up the crime, the Department of Justice said Thursday. The deal relates to the Caribbean Princess cruise ship’s illegal dumping of oily waste off the coast of England in August 2013. Authorities say the $40 million fine ― the largest criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution in history ― includes $10 million for environmental projects. “The pollution in this case was the result of more than just bad actors on one ship,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said. “It reflects very poorly on Princess’s culture and management. This is a company that knew better and should have done better.” As part of the plea deal, cruise ships from eight Carnival lines will remain under supervised probation for five years, subject to independent audits and monitoring. In a statement, Princess Cruises apologized and sought to blame its workers. “We are extremely disappointed about the inexcusable actions of our employees who violated our policies and environmental law when they bypassed our bilge water treatment system and discharged untreated bilge water into the ocean,” the company said. “Although we had policies and procedures in place, it became apparent they were not fully effective. We are very sorry that this happened and have taken additional steps to ensure we meet or exceed all environmental requirements.” The agreement comes more than three years after a whistleblowing engineer reported that the ship had dumped more than 4,000 gallons of oily waste 23 miles off the coast of England. A subsequent investigation found that the Caribbean Princess had been illegally discharging waste via a so-called magic pipe since 2005, the Justice Department said. In an effort to cover up the crimes, company engineers reportedly ordered that the pipe be removed and told crew members to lie. “Let’s be very clear ― Princess engaged in exceptionally serious criminal offenses,” Cruden said during a prosecution announcement in Miami. “It deliberately violated the international law regime designed to make sure that our precious oceans are protected.” U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said the conduct is “particularly troubling,” considering Carnival’s history of environmental violations. “Today’s case should send a powerful message to other companies that the U.S. government will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for deliberate ocean dumping that endangers the countless animals, marine life and humans who rely on clean water to survive,” Ferrer said in a statement. Each year, the environmental group Friends of the Earth publishes a Cruise Ship Report Card ranking cruise liners on everything from sewage treatment to water quality compliance. This year, Princess Cruises received an overall grade of C, with an F for transparency. John Kaltenstein, a senior policy analyst at Friends of the Earth, said in a statement that the company’s behavior “shows that we cannot take this polluting industry’s claims of environmental responsibility at face value.” “Today’s announcement of Princess’s guilty plea is proof that talk is cheap and that the cruise ship industry still has a long way to go until its practices match its rhetoric,” Kaltenstein added. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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An exhibition featuring installations by the Belgian artist and theater director Jan Fabre at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg has provoked an outcry from both human rights activists and art lovers. The exhibition, entitled "Jan Fabre: Knight of Despair, Warrior of Beauty,” feature effigies of dead animals in installations with names such as Carnival of Dead Mongrels and Protest of Dead Homeless Cats. Many visitors have had little positive to say about the exhibition, calling Fabre a “tramp” and a “pelt-skinner” and the works “an abomination.” Internet users have called for the exhibition to be closed and the museum’s director fired, posting messages with the hashtag #pozorermitazhu (“shame on the Hermitage”). Curator Dmitry Ozerkov said that the museum stands by its decision to display the works and that the exhibition will not be removed. Fabre himself is a world-renowned artist whose installations have appeared in dozens of museums, including the Louvre in Paris, as well as at the Venice Biennale and “documenta,” an exhibit of modern and contemporary art that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. “An effigy made from animals hanging on hooks is really a protest against the consumerist relationship of humans towards animals,” Fabre said, explaining the installations at the opening of the exhibit. According to Fabre, a dead dog is predominantly a metaphor, a self-portrait of the artist, because “the artist is a wandering dog.” At the opening, the artist also reminded viewers that the animals used in the exhibition had been found dead on the streets. An art installation displayed at the "Jan Fabre: Knight of Despair / Warrior of Beauty." Source: Sergei Konkov / TASS 'We’ve hit rock bottom, friends!' Not all visitors accepted the explanation, however. “To say that I was shocked is to say nothing really. We have hit rock bottom friends! How can such a world-class museum allow this exhibition to take place?!” wrote museumgoer Dasha Samyklina on her social media page after visiting the exhibit. Another visitor, Svetlana Sova, echoed these sentiments and called on the St. Petersburg authorities to respond as Moscow officials had to another controversial exhibition. “People went there to admire the paintings, and were met with this horror…” Sova wrote. “In Moscow, they shut down a pedophile exhibition, yet at the center of our northern cultural capital some sadists have hung up a string of murdered animals on hooks.” Sova’s comments referred to an exhibition by Jock Sturgess at the Brothers Lumiere Photography Centre in Moscow of photographs taken in a nudist colony. Photos that depicted minors were brought to Moscow but not displayed, although later people found copies of the images online and reposted them. Culture in context The Fabre exhibition opened on Oct. 21, but as with the Sturgess exhibit, those opposed to it on moral grounds did not notice it for several weeks. Once the first complaint appeared, however, news of the exhibit spread rapidly via social media. In many cases, actual information about what was on display was interspersed with exaggerated rumors, including comments about children being admitted (although access to the exhibit is restricted to visitors over 16), a description of an installation featuring crucified cats (although there is no such installation) and fake photos of the works. Well-known conservative politicians and cultural figures hurried to speak out against the exhibit. Vitaly Milonov, a State Duma deputy from St. Petersburg who is known for his outspoken hostility towards homosexuality, among other things, said the exhibition “spit on the soul of the Russian people.” The hostility towards the exhibition was compounded by an incited in the city of Khabarovsk (5,100 miles east of Moscow) that took place this fall. Two local students were accused of dismembering animals they took from animal shelters. The girls had tortured the animals in an abandoned hospital and took photographs of their crimes. #koshkizafabra (#catsforfabre) “Obviously we understand what we are doing,” said Ozerkov, who is the head of contemporary art at the Hermitage in addition to being the exhibit’s curator. “We have written and talked about the fact that this exhibition will be difficult and will need understanding from many sides.” He mentioned that neither the Russian Constitution nor the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights includes animal rights laws and that the sale of dog and cat fur is not illegal. The exhibit is raising awareness of these issues. Jan Fabre exhibition. Source: Sergei Konkov / TASS “The public’s reaction shows that we have made a great exhibition which hit society where it hurts,” Ozerkov said. He added that the hostile online reaction was a deliberate provocation and “a false denunciation of contemporary art, museums, and a free society.” Hermitage supporters also took to the Internet to remind readers that many museums in Russia have been displaying stuffed animal carcasses and even preserved human fetuses for years. “What would happen if these people went to the Zoological museum or the Kunstkamera?” wrote Elias Panov, referring to the museum in St. Petersburg that has displayed a number of preserved “natural oddities” since the time of Peter the Great. Hermitage supporters are using the hashtag ‘#koshkizafabra’ (“#catsforfabre”), referencing the famous Hermitage cats. The Russian Ministry for Culture has declined to take sides in the debate, releasing a statement saying only that the Hermitage has great independence and freedom, and should therefore “determine its own priorities when creating exhibits” and making artistic decisions. 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