April 19, 2017
Princess Cruises has officially concluded the sentencing for the plea agreement entered into four months ago with the Department of Justice. U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz accepted the settlement, presented by the Department of Justice, which was previously agreed upon by Princess Cruises. The company has begun implementing the Environmental Compliance Plan as detailed in the agreement.
“Princess Cruises is committed to continuing this progress into the next five years of the probation period and beyond. To that end, we began implementing the Environmental Compliance Plan requirements even before all of the terms were finalized with the government,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
December 1, 2016
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.
When we became aware of this back in August 2013, our headquarters management cooperated with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and at the same time we launched our own internal investigation to learn all that we could about what happened.
As a result of our investigation we discovered practices, on some other ships, where we were operating out of policy and in violation of environmental law. We have reached a plea agreement with the DOJ, which was announced today.
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.
In fact, over the past three years we have implemented a number of corrective measures to improve our oversight and accountability. For example, we completely restructured our entire fleet operations organization including new leadership. We also increased the scope and frequency of our training, and proactively invested millions of dollars to upgrade our equipment to new ship standards to ensure compliance with all environmental regulations.
The marine environment is incredibly important to us and we are using this experience to further improve our operations. Princess Cruises stands committed to environmental practices that protect our oceans.
Click here to read the proactive Corrective Actions we’ve taken over the past three years.
Over the past three years we have proactively implemented many important fleet-wide changes and enhancements to our environmental processes and procedures, all with the goal to improve our operations, compliance and oversight. They include the following: