Coast Guard investigates cruise ship discharge

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard investigated a graywater discharge in the Juneau harbor by the cruise ship Rhapsody of the Sea on Monday and plans to pursue civil penalty action against the ship.

Inspectors were conducting a safety and environmental check on the ship when the vessel's master told them 200 gallons of wastewater from the ship's laundry had been pumped overboard.

Under a new law pushed by U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, cruise ships can be fined up to $25,000 if they discharge graywater within a mile of shore.

Last month, discharges were reported from the Westerdam, owned by Holland America, and the Norwegian Sky, owned by Norwegian Cruise Line.

The Coast Guard is pursuing civil penalties in both those cases.

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