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Activists protest Seattle cruise terminal expansion: Call Carnival Cruise “Criminals”

PortandTerminal.com, November 7, 2019

Environmental activists with Stand.earth and 350 Seattle organized protests related to the Port of Seattle’s Cruise Terminal 46 expansion proposal on November 6

SEATTLE, WA – Environmental activists with Stand.earth and 350 Seattle protested the Port of Seattle’s Cruise Terminal 46 expansion proposal outside the Cruise Connections industry event on Wednesday, November 6, in downtown Seattle, calling out the Port for considering doing business with companies like Carnival Corporation.

Image Courtesy: Stand.earth

Outside the event, the activists donned dolphin and polar bear costumes and held signs and large banners that read “Carnival’s Crimes: Bad for Business” while chanting “Dirty ships have got to go” to express their concern over how the cruise terminal expansion proposal would impact local air quality and water quality, and contribute to global climate change. 

According to Stand.earth, Carnival Corp. has a “decade-long criminal record of felony violations“. The event was co-sponsored by the Port of Seattle and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty to six charges of violating probation as part of a settlement agreement Monday. The company will pay a $20 million fine and allow more stringent oversight during the remaining three years of probation. In a rare move, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami ordered top company executives — including Chairman Micky Arison and CEO Arnold Donald — to appear in court. 

Miami Herald, June 3, 2019

The activists called out the port “for considering doing business with companies like Carnival Corporation that have a decade-long criminal record of felony violations,” according to a statement from Stand.earth.

The protest was organized outside the Cruise Connections industry event where the activists donned dolphin and polar bear costumes to express their concern over how the cruise terminal expansion proposal “would impact local air quality and water quality, and contribute to global climate change.”

The Port of Seattle is proposing to develop a new cruise terminal at Terminal 46 

The Port is currently engaged in a process to select a developer for the proposed Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal. They are reviewing bids from three consortiums, one of which includes Carnival Corporation, the parent company of Holland America which sends several cruise ships from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. to Alaska.

We urge the Port to disclose how it intends to align any new cruise ship activity with the directive of the IPCC that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, and to calculate all emissions that would be attributable to cruise ships using the new terminal, no matter where they were emitted.

350Seattle statement

“Carnival Corporation is currently on criminal probation in the U.S. following seven felony convictions for illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean for years and falsifying records to cover it up. Worse still, the company recently pleaded guilty to violating its probation, by illegally dumping wastewater and plastic into the ocean, burning dirty fuel where it wasn’t allowed, and other serious violations. The Port of Seattle should put its environmental values into practice by avoiding doing business with criminal entities like Carnival Corporation,” Jim Ace, Climate Campaigner with Stand.earth, said.

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