The P&O Cruises Australia cruise ship Pacific Explorer, 77,499gt, was detailed by the Australian authorities after spilling waste water in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The line had reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that it was suspected there had been an unintentional discharge of a limited amount of pulped and sieved food waste while the ship was cruising off the coast of Queensland on Aug 26. The AMSA detained the ship on her return to Australia at the end of the cruise.
P&O Cruises Australia, part of the Carnival Corp, of Miami, the world’s largest cruise ship company, said: “Any discharge would have been in the order of seven cubic metres.” The AMSA said: “We required Carnival to provide a A$2.1mn undertaking, equal to the maximum fine available, before the ship was released from detention.”
In mid-October, the AMSA said it was still investigating the incident.