Subject: Pollution:Ships Pay Fines for Dumping at (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 13:54:52 -0500 (EST)


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Ships Pay Fines for Dumping at Sea

 AP Business Writer
   MIAMI (AP) -- A cruise ship operator and a ship owner agreed
Monday to pay $500,000 to settle charges of dumping trash and oil
in the ocean.
   The money will go toward cleaning up oil spills, restoring coral
reefs, protecting wildlife and educating people about the dangers
of littering at sea.
   Ulysses Cruises Inc., operator of the former Dolphin Cruise
Line, pleaded guilty to dumping oil and plastics. Seaway Maritime
Co., which leased a ship to Ulysses, admitted to oil dumping.
   Plastic bags of garbage were thrown overboard off the Florida
Keys and Puerto Rico at 3 a.m. in 1992 and 1993. A passenger on
deck and a trombone player aboard the cruise line spotted the
   Oily bilge water was dumped from cruise ships in 1994 and 1996
off the Florida Keys and near the Port of Miami. The oil was
spotted from a Coast Guard helicopter.
   "Some people just don't know and they don't understand the
consequences of what seems like a relatively minor act of throwing
a six-pack ring over the side," said Charlie Wahle, of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's marine sanctuary
program. "What we hope to do is educate them about the impact of
what they're doing."
   The Coast Guard estimates more than 1 million birds and 100,000
marine mammals die each year from eating or getting tangled in
plastic debris.
   Birds and turtles can strangle, starve or get infections from
six-pack plastic rings that get stuck around their necks. Sea
animals also mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and swallow them.