Are we sure ships don't pollute?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2004

The first cruise ship of the season! While I welcome its visitors, I can't help but notice that this is the same ship, the Norwegian Sun, that reported to Washington state officials last year that early one morning it had "accidentally" discharged 40 tons of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

As many Juneauites will recall, Norwegian Cruise Lines has had other problems with dumping pollutants. We now have new regulations to prevent such "accidents." I wonder, however, if there shouldn't be independent, on-board observers to ensure that the rules are followed, that systems are working properly, that pipes aren't re-routed, that records aren't falsified. How can we be really sure that our cruise ships are in compliance?

Andrea Doll

Juneau



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