Should we have a bake sale or car wash to raise the funds?
The U.S. government faces a $1.4 million fine for damage caused to a Philippines national park when the minesweeper USS Guardian ran aground on a coral reef in January, Philippine officials said Monday.
The fine total, converted from 58.4 million Philippine pesos, is based on a 2009 law detailing fines based on total area damaged, unauthorized entry and other violations.
A statement from Tubbataha Reefs National Park superintendent Angelique Songco called the fine just a “slap on the wrist.”
“However, we respect the rule of law, and this is the fine stipulated,” Songco said in the statement. “The Tubbataha Management Office will not ask for anything more.”
Damage to the coral reef totals 25,241 square feet — or about a half a football field. The final determination is about 19,000 square feet less than originally estimated, according to a statement posted on the park’s website Monday.
A U.S. Navy marine biologist joined a team of Philippine experts last week to conduct a more thorough damage assessment than the initial study in January, which was based on aerial observation.
The 224-foot USS Guardian ran aground at 2:25 a.m. Jan. 17 on Tubbataha Reef, a United Nations World Heritage Site. The ship’s 79 crewmembers were evacuated after breaches were found in the wooden and glass fiber hull, although no one was reported injured.
The final pieces of the ship were removed March 29- Stars and Stripes
With all the technology available, you would think an accident like this wouldn’t happen. Then pilots of aircraft do Controlled Flight into Terrain aka CFIT on a rather frequent basis. Human error can’t be totally prevented.