US Navy ship damages Tubbataha Reef National Park
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The US Navy said the incident occurred at 2:25 a.m. local time about 130 km east-southeast of the province ofin the Philippines and about 98 nautical miles from , the capital of the province. There were no reports of injuries nor signs of . The ship has a crew of 80 and had previously completed a port call at earlier in the week.
The US Navy also said they were investigating the incident. They also said in a statement, "The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship". An Japan., the ship was on its way to Puerto Princesa in Palawan. It is assigned to the U.S. Navy’s and based in , in
The Manila stated, "The was promptly informed of the incident and offered to assist the U.S. Navy, and we greatly appreciate their offers of assistance [...] The safety of the Guardian’s crew and preventing harm to the environment are the U.S. Navy's top priorities". An official of the based in Palawan told reporters they have deployed a force offering to assist the Guardian.in
Under sections 19 and 26 of the Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act of 2009, Republic Act 10067, the US Navy can be charged with unauthorized entry and could pay 12,000for each square meter of reef destroyed.
A similar incident occurred in 2005 when the Greenpeace, an environmental advocacy group and owners of the Rainbow Warrior, were fined 384,000PHP ( 6,857) for damaging a reef area of 32 by 3 meters (105 by 10 feet).ran aground in the same vicinity.
has been a since 1993 and covers 97,030 . A diverse variety of and marine life currently take refuge within the park including and . The reef is also known as a popular site.
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