by Cory Harden
Five hundred tons of oil were illegally dumped on Vanuato Island (of Survivor fame) by the cruise ship Pacific Star (P&O Australia) in November 2006. The level of environmental vandalism was called unimaginable. Apparently deep holes were dug, lined with thin plastic, and filled with oil and raw sewage. A river below the dump site is used for drinking.
An investigator filmed the dumping plus illegal drugs, underage drinking and public lewdness being condoned by staff on the Pacific Star. His tapes vanished from his cabin and he was put off the ship.
Also, a former Pacific Star employee alleges he witnessed oil dumped at sea in 2005, leaving an oil slick almost two miles long. He said it was done in a casual manner that suggested dumping was not uncommon.
The illegal Vanuato dumping cost under $200. Legal disposal would have cost $30,000. Carnival Corporation’s net profit for 2006 was $2.28 billion.
Hawai`i hosts several cruise lines Carnival, Cunard, Holland America and Princess which are part of P&O’s parent company, Carnival Corporation.
What Can You Do?
Boycott sailing and servicing Carnival, Cunard, Holland America and Princess in Hawai`i … elsewhere boycott the other Carnival Corporation lines: Costa, Ocean Village, P&O, P&O Australia, Seabourn, Seetours/Aida, Swan Hellenic, Windstar.
Complain to Carnival Corporation (305) 599-2600.
Report dumping. You may receive thousands of dollars in reward money. Contact Cory Harden, PO Box 10265, Hilo, Hawai`i 96721, <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (808) 968-8965.
Support the national Clean Cruise Ship Act via <http://www.congress.org>.