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Has anyone ever reimbursed the Coast Guard for expenses? Does the CG invoice the people it serves? Is there a system in place for them to accept checks?
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Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
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Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014
Federal law establishes the fees the Coast Guard can charge and these are generally limited to administrative functions such as the licensing and testing of ship's officers, inspecting commercial vessels, and things along those lines. I think the law actually prohibits the Coast Guard from charging for rescues, but they can assess fees if the rescue is a hoax - in essence a fine.
All of the above said, now comes word that Carnival has decided to reimburse the government for the Triumph and Splendor events. This is obviously a political and public relations decision on the part of Carnival. It was a no-win situation and one of those things where it is better to just pay the money so the story goes away and you take a chess piece off of Jay "I Inherited My Money" Rockefeller's playing board.