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Owner of Navio Amaryllis appeal the MVR 100 million fine EPA issued

Lamya Abdulla
04 November 2021, MVT 14:59
(FILE) Drone photos showing Navio Amaryllis in Rasfaree Reef: the bulk carried ran aground on Auugust 19, and it took ten days to refloat the ship -- Photo: Mohamed Shahid
Lamya Abdulla
04 November 2021, MVT 14:59

Owner of bulk carrier Navio Amaryllis has appealed the fine of MVR 100 million imposed over the ship running aground in a protected Maldivian reef, and the damages it caused.

The 189.99 meters long bulk carrier registered under Panama ran aground in Rasfaree Reef, Kaafu Atoll on August 19 of this year. After conducting a survey to investigate the damages this incident caused the reef, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to issue the highest fine they legally can.

Environment Ministry's State Minister Ali Solih confirmed to Mihaaru news that the owner of Navio Amaryllis have appealed the fine of MVR 100 million in the ministry.

However the owners have appealed the fine of MVR 100 million in the Environement Ministry.

According to the regulation that determines compensation and fines due to environmental harm, the Environment Minister has the power to appeal the decision made by EPA.

When the damages caused to the environment and the cost by the Maldivian government was calculated, it amounted to another MVR 893 million in addition to the MVR 100 million fine. EPA has stated that if the amount is not paid, it will request the AG Office to file charges for damages.

This incident had damaged approximately 8,867 area of the reef. It caused severe damage to the corals and other marine life in the area.

Navio Amaryllis, with a carrying capacity of 32,415 tons, was en route to South Africa from India when an issue with their engine lead for the ship to be grounded. The boat was refloated 10 days after it ran aground.