The First Year of
Violations under Washington State's Memoradum of Undersatnding, 2004
following is from a January 28, 2005 News Release from the Washington
State DSepartment of Ecology:
Of 14 ships that were
covered under the MOU between the State of Washington and the Northwest
Cruiseship Association, two violated the MOU according to self reports
by the cruise lines.
One violation occurred on May 13 in Port Angeles, when Holland America
Line's Zaandam discharged
effluent through an advanced wastewater treatment system that Ecology
had not approved. The Zaandam
made only one port call
in Washington in 2004.
Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess
discharged treated effluent throughout the 2004 season through an
advanced treatment system that had not received Ecology approval.
The ship also released untreated waste water from its galleys and
laundry during one voyage between Seattle and Victoria in June.
Ecology is investigating the June discharge.
LEGISLATION AS OPPOSED TO AN MOU? Check out this
Cruise Industry and Environmental History and Practice: Is a
Memorandum of Understanding Effective for Protecting the Environment,
Bluewater Network and Ocean Advocates, Ootober 2003