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Norwegian Cruise Lines Fined $1 Million for Environmental Crimes

Norwegian Cruise Lines was fined $1 million by a U.S. District Court judge in Miami, FL, after pleading guilty to discharging oily bilge wastes into the sea and repeatedly lying to the Coast Guard about the practice over a period of years. The discharges were made from the SS Norway and at least one other ship. The cruise line was also ordered to make community service payments for specific environmental service projects in south Florida and to take part in a 3-year supervised probation of remedial steps to prevent or reduce the likelihood of future illegal acts. The investigation was conducted by OIG, USCG, EPA’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID), the FBI, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Florida’s EPA-CID.