Scuba Diver Magazines

Raja Ampat cruise ship disaster firm hit with £350 million fine

Advertisement

Related stories

Noraya set to be Dune’s latest liveaboard

Dune is adding yet another luxury liveaboard to its...

Maldives Resort Teams up with Olive Ridley Project to Protect Turtles

Green and Hawksbill Turtles feed, play and nest at...

Fully Interactive Digital Magazines For Mobile Users

Scuba Diver magazine – be that the UK edition,...
00:00:36

There Be Dragons Here

To denote dangerous or unexplored territories on navigational charts...

Largest Marine Sanctuary in the World Set to Expand

Largest Marine Sanctuary in the World is Set to...

The British operator of the cruise ship which destroyed swathes of pristine reef in the diving hotspot of Raja Ampat in Indonesia when it ran aground in early March has been slapped with an immense fine that equates to £350 million.

The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry based the level of the fine to Noble Caledonian on a calculation taking into account damage related to the Raja Ampat ecosystem, economy and society, ecosystem rehabilitation and costs involved in the damage claim, and ended up with a sum of 6 trillion Indonesian Rupiah.

The Ministry stated that the overall damage to Kri Reef caused by the Bahamian-flagged vessel MV Caledonian Sky on 3 March was 18,882 square metres, with some 13,270sq m being totally destroyed. Some 120 passengers and 70 crew were onboard at the time.

Noble Caledonian had released a statement in the aftermath of the grounding stating that it was working with the Indonesian government to establish a ‘fair and realistic’ financial settlement to cover the damage, but apparently the amount being negotiated by the ship's insurance company – SPICA – had been a much lower figure.

The Indonesian government is standing firm, though, and while acknowledging that negotiations can take some time, it was not willing to reduce the amount of damages.

Cruise ship coral calamity continues

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
1 COMMENT
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Listen to our Podcast

LET’S KEEP IN TOUCH!

Get a weekly roundup of all Scuba Diver news and articles

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest stories
1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x