Malé, Maldives – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that the Maldives will seek MVR 893,952,569.83 in damages for the Rasfari reef destruction due to the grounding of Navios Amaryllis bulk carrier.
Following a comprehensive environmental assessment survey, EPA states that 8867 square metres of the reef were significantly damaged due to the grounding of Navio Amaryllis cargo bulker leading to the destruction of marine life and the structure of the reef.
The EPA states that the agency has fined owners of the Navios Amaryllis with MVR 100 million, which is the maximum amount granted by the Environmental Protection And Preservation Act Of Maldives (Act No: 4/93).
Notice has now been sent to the Maldivian agent of the Navios Amaryllis, Antrac Holding Pvt. Ltd., to pay the fine within 30 days.
EPA is now exploring options to seek damages for the reef destruction through legal proceedings via the Attorney General’s Office.