Transport Ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that the Panama-flagged cargo ship that ran aground on the reef west of K. Rasfari in the early hours of last Thursday morning, Navios Amaryllis, will only be given allowed to leave the Maldives after an agreement is come to on the payment of damages – subsequent the completion of a damage assessment of the reef.
Speaking at a press conference held yesterday, Deputy Minister at Transport Ministry Hamad Abdul Ghanee stated that the ship has gone aground at the protected reef near Rasfari consequent to being cast adrift in the open water after one of its engines was shut off. He also alleged negligence by the ship’s captain – played a part.
Therefore, Hamad noted that the vessel will be granted permission to leave the Maldives after a complete damage assessment.
“At present, the vessel has been detained. It will be granted permission to leave the country after the completion of a damage assessment to the reef,” he had said.
Speaking to Sun today, EPA’s Director General Ibrahim Naeem noted that if the owners of the vessel wish for it to depart from Maldives prior to the damage assessment – the owners must make a deposit of MVR 100 million for this to be allowed.