Norwegian Cruise Line Press Statement



MIAMI, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) confirms that on May 3, 2001, at 17:27 local time, an accidental discharge of treated black water from the M/S Norwegian Sky occurred while the vessel was leaving en route from Juneau to Ketchikan. The vessel was more than three (3) miles from land and traveling at 17.3 knots.

Although the black water was processed through an IMO approved treatment plant, this discharge is in contravention of the Company's published policies. NCL's policies prohibit any discharge of black water unless the vessel is more than three (3) miles outside of any Alaskan water including the Alexander Archipelago.

NCL has notified the United States Coast Guard (USCG) of the incident. The USCG has initiated an investigation and has taken black water samples from the Norwegian Sky today in Ketchikan.

NCL implemented extensive initiatives with respect to environmental protection prior to beginning the Alaska season. These initiatives include extensive crew training, environmental compliance audits by independent consultants, review of existing equipment and operating procedures by environmental experts, and the purchase of additional equipment for treatment of wastewater.

NCL deeply regrets this incident. The Company is cooperating fully with the USCG and is conducting its own investigation to determine the reasons for the incident.