They’re going to need a bigger boat: U.S. minesweeper gets stuck on reef at Tubbataha National Marine Park

The USS Guardian, a mine countermeasures ship, ran aground Thursday on a coral reef at the Tubbataha Marine National Park, a world heritage site in the Sulu Sea.

The USS Guardian, a mine countermeasures ship, ran aground Thursday on a coral reef at the Tubbataha Marine National Park, a world heritage site in the Sulu Sea.

 

According to an Associated Press report on Sun.Star Online, the U.S. Navy has "said in a statement that the crew of the USS Guardian was working to find out the best method of safely extracting the ship."  The ship, based in Sasebo, Japan, had just come from a port call at Subic Bay.

 

It is not yet clear how much of the reef was damaged, although the ship itself seemed intact. "The ship was not listing or leaking oil but about 15 percent of the bow appeared to have struck the reef, said Angelique Songco, head of the government’s Protected Area Management Board, after flying over the ship in a Philippine Air Force plane," the report said.

 

The Philippine government imposes a fine of about $300 per square meter of damage, the report said, adding environmentalist group Greenpeace was fined around $7,000 when its Rainbow Warrior  damaged a reef in the marine park.

 

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