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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Woodhouse collision: boat owners fined

The owner of a cargo ship that smashed into Woodhouse Reef has been fined up to 5million US dollars for damages to the environment, according to the Chamber of Diving and Watersports.

Readers will remember from an earlier post that the giant 260m long CSCL Hamburg container ship collided with the northern side of the popular reef on December 31.

According to reports, it was more than a kilometre off course when it smashed into the reef.

Dr Mohammed Salem told Blue magazine, the publication of the CDWS: “The damaged area is almost 700m-square because of the slope. To 35m there is 100 per cent damage, which we estimate will take 100 years to recover.”

The money will be used to supplement environmental projects.

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