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Vietnamese vessel faces hefty fine after 'major' damage to Maldives reef

Mohamed Visham
26 September 2016, MVT 15:15
'MV NGOC Son' ran aground on the reef to the south of Fuvahmulah while carrying water and sewerage material to the island for Sri Lankan contractor Sierra.. PHOTO/MNDF
Mohamed Visham
26 September 2016, MVT 15:15

The Vietnamese cargo vessel which ran aground in Fuvahmulah in August had caused major damage to the reef, environment protection agency said Monday.

A survey carried out after the vessel was floated had revealed major damage to the reef, EPA director general Ibrahim Naeem told Mihaaru without giving any details.

"The survey has been completed. We will publicize the report and the fine soon," Naeem said.

'MV NGOC Son' ran aground on the reef to the south of Fuvahmulah while carrying water and sewerage material to the island for Sri Lankan contractor Sierra.

A Singaporean salvage company had been hired to re-float the vessel which was forced to dump over 5,000 tonnes of construction sand and gravel to lighten the ship.

 

 

 

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