Ferrer said the illegal practices came to light when an engineer aboard the Caribbean Princess discovered the “magic pipe” in 2013 off the coast of Britain and told investigators about it.
Authorities later learned the 952ft ship had been illegally discharging oily water into the ocean since 2005.
“Our open seas are not dumping grounds for waste,” Ferrer said. “One thing we must never do is take our clear blue oceans for granted.”
A single illegal discharge dumped 4,227 gallons of oil-contaminated waste about 20 miles off the coast of England on 26 August 2013, according to court documents.
The documents also show illegal practices were found on four other Princess ships, including use of clean ocean water to fool onboard sensors that would otherwise detect dumping of improperly contaminated bilge water. Authorities say cost savings was the motive and that the ship’s officers and crew conspired to cover up what was going on.
At BIW they build the blocks upside down, so that the welding slag doesn't fall on the welder. Then they flip them and weld them together. This enables a joint 40 or more feet long that meets the next section with about a 1/4" variation in where the welds fall.
Just to pile on, nothing quite like getting an environmental education from the NPS while literally on one of the things destroying the NPs. It’s like getting instructions on how to use a microwave while standing inside the microwave.