South Texas looking into cruise port

Carnival Freedom, front, is docked in 2016 at the Port of Galveston. A recent report asserts the Freedom discharged 123,368 gallons of “treated black water/sewage” and 1,637 gallons of food waste in Bahaman waters in June 2017.


Carnival Corp. cruise ships repeatedly dumped waste into the ocean and lied to federal regulators about its actions despite being on probation for breaking environmental laws, according to a report published Tuesday by the Miami Herald.

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(6) comments

Gary Scoggin

Since the ships are not US flagged, I am curious as to how US courts have jurisdiction outside US waters. (But, then again, admiralty law is kinda weird). I’m sure Carnival ships are obligated to follow International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations which do prohibit this sort of thing.

Gary Miller

These ships generate as much waste as small cities. Where does it go? Hundreds of tons of food and drink is loaded before each sailing. Replacing what was consumed on last trip. It must be unloaded as waste somewhere. WHERE?

Miceal O'Laochdha

Gary, in accordance with International Law (Marpol Regulations), all ships (including Flag of Convenience registries like Panama, Bahamas, Marshall Islands, Cyprus, Vanuatu, Liberia etc.) must maintain a detailed Garbage Log Book, identifying exactly how much garbage was disposed of and where it occurred (name of Port or at sea). This Log Book is sighted by Port State Control Inspectors (in the US, that is the Coast Guard) during PSC Inspections, and also by RO Auditors during external ISM Audits of the vessel and the record is compared against stores taken aboard. ISM Code (also International Law) requires the ship's cognizant shoreside Port Engineer or Vessel Manager to review the Garbage Log Book during mandated periodic Ship Manager attendances, and also during the Internal ISM Audits required by Law. And... records of these Log Book sightings must be maintained in the home office where they are again reviewed by the RO during external ISM Audits of the company for their required Certificate of Compliance. In other words, there should be no mystery where the garbage goes nor how much of it, and multiple managers and inspectors have access to, and are required to sight, these records. Should violations of Marpol Regulations be identified, the responsibility for accurate Garbage Log Book entries falls on the Master and, to a follow-on extent, to the cognizant shoreside Port Engineer or Vessel Manager. The process is essentially the same for the Oil Record Book, in which is recorded every gallon of any petroleum product brought onboard the ship and every drop removed, whether by consumption or discharge ashore. The Chief Engineer is responsible to maintain the ORC and over last few decades, numerous foreign-flag Captains and Chiefs have arrested and criminally prosecuted in the US for failure to maintain an accurate ORC. that is legalese for having pumped oil overboard illegally in US waters. Hope this is helpful to your question.

Gary Scoggin

Thanks, Miceal, very helpful.

Kelly Naschke

Nicest, that wasn’t just helpful, that was a lesson. You learn something new every day. Thanks

Kelly Naschke

Miceal....not nicest. Thanks auto correct.

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