United States navy damages Philippines coral reef

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From Wildlife Extra:

US Navy in deep water after ship hits World Heritage reef in Philippines

USS Guardian runs aground on Tubbataha Reef

January 2013. The Philippines authorities will fine the US Navy heavily after a minesweeper, USS Guardian, ran aground on a reef in a World Heritage site, Tubbatha Reef, which is rated in the top 10 dive sites in the world.

The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB) has announced that it will fine the US navy for several violations of its rules, including damaging the reef. Their statement reads:

“TPAMB has a mandate to protect, preserve and promote the resources of Tubbataha Reef. In order to fulfill that mandate and uphold the rule of law, it is the TPAMB’s intention to serve the US Navy with a formal notice listing violations of the above law in the grounding incident of January 17 involving the USS Guardian.

We will ask them to take responsibility, and immediately pay the fines that can be estimated at this time.

The violations that are evident at this time, include the following:


Subsequent to ship retrieval / and the assessment of Park damage, the TPAMB intends to serve a second formal notice of violation to the US Navy, that will quantify the estimate of destruction and the fines that must be paid.”

From INQUIRER.net in the Philippines:

With around 1,000 square meters of corals already severely damaged by the stranded United States (US) Navy Ship in Tubbataha Reef, authorities are planning to use a crane to lift the ship instead of dragging it so as to avoid further damages.

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9 thoughts on “United States navy damages Philippines coral reef

  1. US ship cleared from coral reef

    PHILIPPINES: The last part of a US minesweeper has been removed from a coral reef where it ran aground in January.

    Manila and Washington will jointly assess the damage to the Unesco world heritage site to determine the fine that the US will pay.

    The stern, the last part of the dismantled USS Guardian, was lifted off the reef in the Tubbataha National Marine Park in the Sulu Sea on Saturday. The US embassy confirmed that Washington was prepared to pay for the damage.



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