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Environmental Violations in Alaska, 1999 - 2012






Also see the full list of environmental fines (1992-2012) and the list of large fines ($100,000+), 1992 - 2009





Year
Cruise Line

Ship(s)
Explanation of Offense(s)

Fine
Nature of Offense
September 2010

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for two violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 15 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria. For the month of September, the ship's monthly geometric mean exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.

Pending Water pollution
September 2010 Zaandam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 5 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
September 2010

Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 4 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.

Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Zaandam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 22 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship was cited for two violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 21 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and copper..
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 20 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Zaandam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 8 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
July 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 14 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
July 2010 Volendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 9 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Water pollution
July 2010

Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 6 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.

Pending Water pollution
June 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 16 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
June 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 2the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
June 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 16 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for five violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May . On May 27 the ship did not conduct sampling of discharges in accordance with the current Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan. The NOV cites: incorrect entries on cooler receipt forms, use of unapproved pH testing methods, sample volume reporting issues, DMR reporting with no ID of sample results and reflection of deviation from QA/QC plan.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 26 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.

Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Volendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 21 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for two violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 20 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and fecal coliform bacteria.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Volendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 14 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Water pollution
November 2009 Amsterdam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
November 2009 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
November 2009 Coral Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
November 2009 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 16 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of pH.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on September 8 exceeded the allowable level of zinc, on September 16 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia, and on September 16 exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on September 3 and September 11 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 4, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on September 7 and September 14 exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 15, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 6, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 12 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on August 11 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and on August 11 and AUgust 25 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of biological oxygen demand.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 16 and August 26 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Pacific Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 3, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on August 3 exceeded the allowable level of chlorine and on August 3 and August 10 exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 14 and August 20 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2009 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 21 and for the monthly average exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 7 exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria and on July 28 exceeded the allowable level of pH.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 29, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 9, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Pacific Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 6 and July 20 exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on July 13, July 14, and July 28 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 27, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Silver Shadow, Silverseas Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 2 and July 24 exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 17, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were six violations. The ship's effluent on June 2, June 16, and June 30 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. On June 2 and June 30, it's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper. And on June 2 its effluent exceeded the allowable level of nickel.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on June 11 and June 25 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 1, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009

Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on June 3 and June 17 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.

Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Volendam, Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on May 18 had 4800 fecal coliforms per 100 milliliters, while the limit is 43 in any one day. It had a monthly average for fecal coliform of 4800/100ml (effluent limit is 14/100ml) and was also cited for exceding the allowable level of biological oxygen demand (44.1 mg/L (effluent limit is 30 mg/L).
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship twice violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for zinc in May 2009. On May 11th the concentration of zinc was 0.250 mg/L (effluent limit is 0.23 mg/L); on May 18th the concentration of zinc was 0.290 mg/L.
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 27th the concentration of ammonia was 99 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L).
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship twice violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 19th the concentration of ammonia was 99 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L), May 27th it was 120 mg/L. In addition, on May 19th as a result of a hose leak that resulted in 50 gallons of untreated graywater being released at dock, the ship was cited for one violation of pH, one violation of Biological oxygen demand, one violation of allowable total suspended solids, and one violation of allowable fecal coliform.
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia three times in May 2009. On May 14th the concentration of ammonia was 130 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L), May 27th it was 120 mg/L, and May 28th it was 160 mg/L.
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Coral Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 21 the concentration of ammonia was 91 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L).
Pending
Wastewater violation
February 2009
Royal Caribbean International
Rhapsody of the Seas & Serenade of the Seas
The Juneau Empire reports the ships were each cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
February 2009
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Star
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for two air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
February 2009
Holland America Line
Oosterdam
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season.
$32,500 Air pollution
February 2009
Princess Cruises
Island Princess
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season.
$3,462 + $32,500 suspended contingent on no violations in 2010 Air pollution
February 2009
International Shipping Partners
Clipper Pacific
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season.
$32,500 Air pollution
February 2009
Celebrity Cruises
Mercury and Millennium
The Juneau Empire reports the ships have been cited for air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. Mercury had 1 violation; Millennium had 2.
Pending
Air pollution
November 2008
Princess Cruises
Island, Sapphire, and Diamond Princess
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
November 2008
Holland America Line
Westerdam
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted levels on two parameters.
Pending
Wastewater violation
November 2008
Silverseas Cruise
Silver Shadow
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship twice had higher-than-permitted copper.
Pending
Wastewater violation
October 2008
Princess Cruises
Island Princess, Sapphire Princess, & Sun Princess
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in August (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia (twice on Island Princess, once on Sapphire and Sun Princess.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2008
Princess Cruises
Star Princess
The Juneau Empire reports that the ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in August (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship twice had higher-than-permitted copper.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2008
Princess Cruises
Golden Princess
The Juneau Empire reports that the ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in August (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Regent Seven Seas
Seven Seas Mariner
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Princess Cruises
Island Princess & Golden Princess
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Princess Cruises
Sapphire Princess, Star Princess, Coral Princess, and Diamond Princess
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted effluent limits on several parameters.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
, Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Pearl
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted pH.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Holland America Line
Westerdam
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the 1,848-passenger ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia, zinc and biological oxygen demand. The latter indicates the amount of organic waste in the water.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2008
Royal Caribbean International
Vision of the Seas & Serenade of the Seas
The Juenau Empire reports the two ships violated visible air emissions standards last year, July 1 and August 9 respectively. Royal Caribbean may be liable for criminal or civil penalties. Past enforcement cases have cost cruise lines $27,500 per violation. The state's air quality standards  are designed to keep people from breathing harmful sulfur and nitrogen compounds and particulate matter.
Pending
Air pollution
July 2008
Lindblad Expeditions
Sea Lion
This photo was taken in the morning while the ship (apparently on charter to National Geographic) was tied to the fuel dock in Sitka, just below the OConnor Bridge. It's probably just gray water (not illegal), but still not consistent with a company that claims to be environmentally sensitive and responsible. (Photo courtesy of Island Resources Foundation).
None
Release of grey water in port
June 2008
Royal Caribbean International
Rhapsody of the Seas
The Assocated Press reports Royal Caribbean Cruises says it mistakenly broke state law in discharging about 20,000 gallons of wastewater into Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska. Crew members mistakenly discharged gray water, wastewater from cabin showers and sinks, on June 10. The error was not discovered until a week later. The ship's captain and environmental officer were apparently suspended while a full investigation is conducted.
None
Wastewater discharge
January 2007
Princess Cruises
Dawn Princess
The cruise line agreed to a plea bargain under which it pays a fine of $200,000 and restitution of $550,000 after criminal charges were filed.  The company was charged with failing to operate at a slow, safe speed while near humpback whales and in 2001 hit and killed a humpback.
$750,000
Whale strike
July 2006
Holland America Line
Zuiderdam
A generator malfunction caused the ship to spew black soot and soot on Skagway, AK.  According to HAL, "there was a technical malfunction of one of the ships five diesel generators which resulted in an extraordinarily abnormal emission of heavy black smoke and some soot from its stacks. The emission was exclusively from the ship’s stacks and lasted approximately five minutes."  According to the fire chief, “It came into town at least three blocks.”
None Air emission
November 2004
Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation)
Volerndam and Statendam
In August 2004, Holland America Line was notified by the National Park Service ("NPS") that the Volendam and Statendam may have violated opacity standards while operating in Glacier Bay. On November 10, 2004, NPS notified Holland America Line in separate letters that a Violation of Record would beentered in the permanent park files for each ship.
None
Air opacity
2003
Holland America Line
1 ship cited for violations of air opacity regulations
Unknown
Air pollution
2002
Holland America Line
1 ship cited for violations of air opacity regulations
$27,500
Air pollution
2002 (August)
Holland America Line
Ryndam
Approximately 40,000 gallons (250 according to HAL) of sewage sludge discharged into Juneau harbour.  The incident was reported by harbourmaster staff.  The brown, thick substance is being tested  by Alaska's DEC for fecal coliform, pH, and biochemical demand levels.
$2 Million
Sewage discharge
2001

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises
11 ships (six companies) cited for violations of air opacity regulations
Carnival Cruise Line ($27,500 -- suspended)

Celebrity Cruises ($55,000, 1/2 suspended)

Crystal Cruises ($55,000 -- 1/2 suspended)

Holland America ($27,500 -- suspended)

Norwegian Cruise Line ($27,500)

Princess Cruises ($55,000 -- suspended)

Royal Caribbean Int'l
($27,5000 -- suspended)
Air pollution
2001 (June)
Royal Caribbean International
Rhapsody of the Seas
Discharged 200 gallons of graywater into Juneau harbour.
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Graywater discharge
2001 (June)
Celebrity Cruises
Mercury
Discharged treated wastewater at Juneau without required permits.  Tests of the wastewater indicated that it was more acidic than permitted for discharging within a mile of shore.
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Wastewater discharge
2001 (May)
Holland America Line
Westerdam
Discharged gray wastewater while docked in Juneau -- estimated by Holland America Line at 30 to 100 gallons (the pump's output is 200 gallons per minute, so the estimate appears low).
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Graywater discharge
2001 (May)
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Sky
Discharged black water (sewage) for 20 to 30 minutes (meaning a waste stream of up to three-quarters of a mile) while the vessel was en route from Juneau to Ketchikan and within 3 miles of the Alexander Archipelago.  Fecal coliform counts were 3500 times the allowable federal standard and total suspended solids 180 times the standard.
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Sewage discharge
2000

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, World Explorer Cruises
15 ships (7 companies) cited for violating state smoke-opacity standards when they were docked in Juneau between mid-July and mid-August
Carnival Cruise Line ($27,500)

Celebrity Cruises ($55,000)

Crystal Cruises ($55,000)

Holland America ($165,000 -- $55,000 suspended)

Norwegian Cruise Line ($27,500)

Princess Cruises ($55,000)

World Explorer Cruises ($27,500 -- $10,000 suspended)
Air pollution
1999

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, World Explorer Cruises
13 ships(six companies) charged by the Environmental Protection Agency for air pollution violations in the waters of Juneau, Seward and Glacier Bay
Carnival Cruise Line ($55,000)

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America ($55,000)

Norwegian Cruise Line ($55,000)

Princess Cruises ($110,000)

World Explorer Cruises (unknown)
Air pollution