The judge handed the captain a fine of €100,000, but the owner, US-based Carnival, should pay €80,000 of the sum. Photo: Flickr.com / Roderick Eime CC BY-ND

Cruise ship captain fined for using dirty fuel

The captain of a cruise ship found to be burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels has been fined €100,000 in a Marseille court, the first such ruling in France. According to the prosecutors, the captain knew the fuel was illegal – it contained 1.68% sulphur, 0.18% above the EU limit – and the company was using it to save money. The judge handed the captain a fine of €100,000, but specified that the parent company of P&O Cruises, the US-based Carnival, should pay €80,000 of the sum. The company had “wanted to save money at the expense of everyone’s lungs”, the prosecutor Franck Lagier told the court in October.

Source: The Guardian, 26 November 2018

 

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