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ROYAL CARIBBEAN SENTENCED FOR POLLUTING ALASKAN WATERS

Release Date: 11/04/99
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1999
ROYAL CARIBBEAN SENTENCED FOR
POLLUTING ALASKAN WATERS

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) of Miami, Fla., was sentenced on Oct. 22, to pay
a $6.5 million fine and five years probation by the U.S. District Court in Anchorage. In July 1999 Royal Caribbean Cruises pleaded guilty to seven counts of making false statements to government officials and knowingly discharging a harmful quantity of oil to navigable waters of the United States. The false statements were made through fictitious entries in oil record books presented to the U.S. Coast Guard during routine inspections of the RCCL vessels Nordic Prince and Sun Viking in 1994 and 1995. The fictitious entries were intended to prevent the U.S. Coast Guard from discovering the discharges of oil from these vessels into Alaskan waters. The discharge of waste oil into surface waters can cause significant harm to fish and aquatic life. The case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska in conjunction with the Department of
Justice’s Environmental Crimes Division.

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