WHISTLEBLOWER GETS MILLION DOLLAR REWARD
Posted on 04/24/2017 | About Miami, Florida
A British engineer who reported illegal polluting by Princess Cruises has been awarded $1 million as part of an historic US $40 million fine imposed on the cruise line. In August 2013 when a newly- hired engineer, working on the Caribbean Princess, reported a so-called 'magic pipe' was being used to illegally get rid of oily waste off the coast of Britain.
His evidence, which included photographs of the ‘magic pipe’ led to an inspection of the cruise ship both in England and again when it reached New York in September 2013.
Princess Cruises, owned by Carnival, was officially fined in Miami last week after pleading guilty to illegally polluting the sea and trying to cover it up.
The US Department of Justice case found illegal practices took place on five Princess ships - Caribbean Princess, Star Princess, Grand Princess, Coral Princess and Golden Princess.
The fine - the largest of its kind - is intended to send a strong message to the entire cruise industry.
A quarter of the US $40m penalty is earmarked for community service projects to help protect the maritime environment and $1m will go for projects to benefit the marine environment in British waters.
The US federal court also ordered that 78 ships belonging to other Carnival brands - including Holland America Line, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises - are subject to a five-year environmental compliance programme.