BNT Statement on the Recent Carnival Cruise Lines Ocean Pollution.
April 23rd, 2019
The BNT is aware from recent media reports that Carnival Cruise Lines pled guilty in 2016 to serious ocean pollution charges. We also note the reports that they are also in violation of some of their probation conditions. As a defender of the Oceans, and the environment more generally, the BNT is very concerned about this issue, and is taking a close look at this matter. We trust that the relevant government agencies are aware of these charges, and will be tracking developments so as to discourage future occurrences of such destructive and illegal practices, in Bahamian waters and elsewhere in our oceans.
We note the recent comments in the Press attributed to The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation on this issue. We agree with the sentiments expressed by him, and are prepared to lend our support to help The Bahamas create any policies and/or legislation needed to better regulate the cruise lines and visiting pleasure craft, as well as the local pleasure and commercial fleets.
The BNT urges and expects that the cruise lines will exercise the highest environmental standards. While the BNT will always have concerns about potential environmental damage from this industry, we have noted some demonstrated commitment by them to eradicate many of the ocean pollution actions they were known for. We therefore accept their efforts to be good environmental stewards. Nonetheless, the recent report on Carnival’s abuses teaches us that there is still room for improvement, and that we have to remain vigilant.