Carnival Plea Agreement

Carnival, of Miami, pleaded guilty Monday to six probation violations, including dumping plastic mixed with food waste into Bahamian waters. The company also admitted that it would send teams before inspections to visit ships to correct violations of environmental legislation, falsify training records and go to the U.S. Coast Guard to try to redefine a “great non-compliance” of their environmental impact plan. As part of the agreement and a measure of his mea culpa, Donald presented the guilty pleas to each of the six counts. Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to halve its fleet-wide consumption of single-use plastic by 2021, as part of an Amcon contract that was reached Monday in federal court in Miami. Now, at this hearing, Seitz has decided to accept or reject the company`s plea agreement with prosecutors. Carnival Corporation appears to have reached an agreement with U.S. federal attorneys as it tries to avoid the cancellation of its probation in a 2016 environmental case, according to a source close to the investigation. Seitz said Monday that she was “deeply disappointed” by the deal, which called on lower-seeded executives to plead guilty. In addition to Arison, CEO Arnold Donald, who sat in four executive rows.

According to the Department of Justice, Cruise ships on Carnival`s eight cruise lines will be subject to a court-controlled environmental monitoring program, which will include independent audits and a court-ordered monitor, for five years as part of an agreement with the U.S. government. Carnival Corp.`s Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to pay a US$40 million fine and plead guilty to seven criminal charges resulting from the cruise carrier`s pollution of the seas and efforts to conceal them. The president, Micky Arison, declined to comment after the hearing. The cost of the agreement to the company is not clear. Spokesman Roger Frizzell said the company had considered reducing plastic consumption, but the plea agreement required it to commit to an amount and a time frame. He could not say how much plastic would be disposed of or how much the change would cost. The allegations made in the plea agreement concerned the cruise ship Carnival Caribbean Princess and stemmed from an investigation into an illegal dumping of oil waste off the coast of England in August 2013.

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