Coast Guard renews watch on cruise industry

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard has resumed its monitoring of cruise ships in Alaska waters and will be checking for compliance with safety and environmental rules in a program called Operation Cruise Watch 2001.

''We'll accomplish this be using inspectors, cutters, and aircraft to monitor cruise ship operations to prevent pollution and hold non-compliant vessels accountable for any violations,'' said a statement from Rear Adm. Tom Barrett, commander of the Coast Guard district responsible for Alaska waters.

Samples will be drawn from treated sewage and ''gray water'' discharges to check for pollutants, and marine safety officers will conduct safety boardings and environmental inspections. The agency will also keep an eye on the huge ships while they're under way to look for illegal discharges.

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