Vessel fined for damage to Hulhule' reef

A vessel has been fined for damages caused after it ran aground a reef.

MV Chen ran aground Hulhule' reef on September 2. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said an EPA team, with a surveyor appointed by the vessel's owner, inspected the damage caused to the reef on the 10th of this month. The survey found the reef sustained damages in the accident, said EPA. The vessel's owner has therefore been fined MVR 365,000 as compensation under the Environmental Damage Fines and Compensation Rules, EPA said.

EPA added that the vessel's local agent, Grace Atoll Pvt Ltd, paid the fine on September 13.