Report: Greek authorities fine Louis Cruises for water pollution

Greek authorities have fined Louis Cruises $1.57 million for polluting the waters off Santorini, where its ship, the Sea Diamond, has remained underwater since sinking off the island's coast on April 6.

The Associated Press reported that the Merchant Marine Ministry fined the ship's owners, Louis Group; the ship's operator, Louis Cruise Lines; and the ship's Greek captain, Yiannis Marinos, for polluting the sea and the coast near the shipwreck and for failing to submit a final action plan to pump the remaining fuel from the wreckage.

More than 400 tons of oil and other fluids are said to be trapped inside the wreckage of the Sea Diamond, and according to the report, the ministry also said that Louis is not monitoring the effect of the pollution on marine life in an environmentally sensitive area.

About 1,600 people were evacuated from the ship after it hit volcanic rock and gashed its hull off the coast of Santorini while trying to anchor. The ship sank 12 hours later, and two French passengers on the ship, a father and son, were never found.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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