US cruise liner to pay huge criminal penalty for polluting UK waters

Information from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was used to investigate a US company that deliberately dumped oily waste into UK waters and tried to cover up its actions

Investigations started after a newly hired engineer on the Caribbean Princess blew the whistle on illegal practices. Photograph: Roderick Eime/FlickrThe operator of a US cruise line has been ordered to pay $40 million (£31.7m) after it polluted UK waters – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution in the world.

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