A Department of Environment leader says it’s highly unlikely the Caribbean Princess cruise ship embroiled in controversy over intentionally dumping waste did so in Cayman Islands waters.
The ship’s parent company — Princess cruises — was recently fined US $40 million after it was found the ship’s crew was illegally dumping oily waste and then conspired to cover it up.
Investigators found the ship had been unlawfully discharging the waste since 2005.
Cayman Islands Port Authority documents show the vessel visited Grand Cayman 62 times since that year.
It seems highly unlikely that the Caribbean Princess or any other cruise ship has intentionally discharged oil while in Cayman’s port since even a small oil slick is highly visible from the tenders as well as planes on approach to the airport,” DoE Deputy Director Scott Slaybaugh said.
Mister Slaybaugh says there have been rare cases of accidental discharge from ships and the DoE was promptly informed by the ships’ crew or other vessels.