The Navios Amaryllis, a Navios Maritime Partners bulk carrier which ran aground off the Reef of Rasfaree in Kaafu Atoll, Maldives, on 19th August, was successfully refloated back on Sunday afternoon, with no reports of oil spill. The island country of Maldives is now demanding a compensation, for the damages caused to the Reef.
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Currently, the 58,735 DWT, Panama-flagged vessel is anchored at the Ports Limited area, while an environmental damage assessment is being carried out by the Maldives Coast Guard and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
As announced by the EPA and the Maldives Transport Authority, the 2008-built vessel would be allowed to leave the country’s waters, only after an agreement is made, on the payment of the damages caused, or a deposit of $6.5 million (MVR 100 million) is made.
The Navios Amaryllis was on it’s way to the Port of Saldanha, in South Africa, from the Tuticorin Port in India, and was boarded with nineteen crew-members, all of whom, hail from the Philippines, and were safe and sound. The incident occurred due to an engine failure.
Hamad Abdul Ghanee, the Deputy Transport Minister of Maldives, claimed that there was negligence from the captain’s part, as he failed to report the engine problem, which ultimately let to the accident.