NEW YORK -- Royal Caribbean Intl.'s Rhapsody of the Seas illegally
dumped about 200 gallons of graywater (wastewater from sinks and
showers) into Juneau harbor June 18 as Coast Guard officials toured
the 2,000-passenger ship on a routine environmental and safety
The Coast Guard will seek civil penalties of up to $25,000
against Royal Caribbean as a result of the incident.
The event comes days after a special session of Alaska's
legislature passed the nation's toughest cruise-ship pollution
A crew member noticed the wastewater going overboard at 2:30
p.m. and notified the engine room, which tooks steps to cut off the
discharge, according to Rob Lorigan, a Coast Guard official.
The ship's captain then informed the Coast Guard officers on
board of the discharge.
Lorigan said a laundry water holding tank onboard Rhapsody
overflowed, causing the discharge.
"[We] violated the new discharge law and no one regrets that
more than us," said Michael Sheehan, a Royal Caribbean spokesman.
"We have taken steps that we feel are appropriate to prevent it
from happening again."