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.
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
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
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.
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