November 4, 2002
Officers aboard Holland America's Ryndam have been issued subpoenas by a federal grand jury for illegally dumping some 40,000 gallons of wastewater in Juneau's harbor. The event occurred August 17 when a harbormaster in Juneau spied a brownish discharge emanating from Ryndam. The Coast Guard took samples and identified it as wastewater coming from the ship's sewage system along with sinks and showers.
Originally, Holland America said it had spilled just 250 gallons when crew members were transferring waste into a holding tank. That apparently overflowed and leaked into the Gastineau Channel.
The folks at Holland America have issued a "no comment" response regarding the incident. The company is complying with the ongoing investigation and providing required information. Charges have not yet been filed.