Philippine authorities demand Vietnamese owner pay fine over reef damage

Manila: Local authorities in the central Philippine city of Legazpi are demanding P4m ($88,840) in compensation from the Vietnamese shipowner that grounded on Denson Reef in the Albay Gulf last Monday.

The MV Ocean 03 is owned by Haiphong-based Hoang Anh Shipping. The ship and its 21-man crew are being held at the port of Legazpi.

Local authorities say at least 1,200 sq m of the coral reef was “structurally and superficially” damaged by MV Ocean 3, some 9 km off Legazpi. Rehabilitation of the reef will take up to five years

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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