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Carnival Corp. ships ordered to submit compliance plan 30 days before entering US waters

Carnival Corp. ships have been on probation since 2017 springing from a criminal pollution case
The federal judge overseeing Carnival Corp.'s environmental probation is requiring the company to certify its ships are in compliance at least 30 days prior to their entering US waters.

Last Friday, US District Judge Patricia Seitz had signaled she was going to call for 60 days' notice.

CEO's certification

The judge will require Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald to certify each ship's environmental compliance plan, or a detailed time frame to address the status of any item that may be incomplete, covering areas including pollution prevention equipment, a commitment to install food waste digesters within 60 days of return to service and spare parts for pollution control equipment.

A full complement of deck and technical teams must be on board, including a designated engineer for advanced air quality systems. And environmental planning should detail each waste vendor the ship intends to use to dispose of waste during its planned itinerary, and, where required and if feasible, conducting a site visit.

If a ship anticipates entering US waters before Dec. 31, Carnival Corp. is ordered to provide all the information required by the order no less than seven days after the date of entry.

Carnival said it intends to comply.

'Our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew, shoreside employees and the people and communities our ships visit,' the company said in a statement. 'We will fully comply with the order, along with all other regulatory and legal requirements.'

Probation since 2017

The Carnival fleet has been in an environmental compliance program since 2017, springing from a criminal case involving the deliberate dumping of oil-contaminated waste from Caribbean Princess.

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