A federal judge has threatened to ban all 102 Carnival Corporation cruise ships from docking at ports in the United States.
Cruise giant, Carnival Corporation, which is the partner company of multiple cruise lines and operates over 100 ships has reportedly violated a probation period of another case.
On 10 April 2019, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz was believed to have stated, that she will decide at a hearing scheduled for June, whether the probation for Carnival Corporation will be removed or heavier punishment was required for the violations.
During the recent hearing, the judge criticized Micky Arison, Chairman, Carnival Corporation and Donald Arnold, Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Corporation for the actions of the company. Neither of the men attended the hearing.
Judge Seitz has requested that senior executives from Carnival Corporation attend the next hearing scheduled to take place in June, to answer questions on the violations.
Judge Patricia Seitz, said: “The people at the top are treating this as a gnat. If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention center for a couple of days. It’s amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality.”
Carnival Corporation has been on probation for two years after it received a fine of a record $40 million for illegally disposing of oil into the ocean from ships within the Princess Cruises fleet and lying to authorities.
Princess Cruises is just one of many brands which are owned by Carnival Corporation. Other cruises brands include Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, Seabourn and Windstar and P&O Cruises Australia.
Authorities claim that whilst on probation Carnival Corporation has continued to pollute the environment and ocean and actively worked to not only avoid the long arm of the law, but used its power to change the terms of the settlement.
Roger Frizzell, Chief Communications Officer, Carnival Corporation, said: “It appears there were some mischaracterizations made by others to the court. We intend to fully address the issues raised at today’s court conference.”