Ship afloat after running aground in Aqaba, coral reef damage reported

Undated photo of the cargo ship that ran aground in Aqaba. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — A cargo ship sailing under Palau flag en route from Egypt ran aground on the coast of Aqaba on Tuesday, an official source was quoted by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, as saying.اضافة اعلان

Tourism and Environment Commissioner at Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Nidal Majali said that a Royal naval force was able to refloat the ship.

He also said that divers from the Marine Science Station and an environmental damage assessment team in the Aqaba Region were checking coral reef for damage.

Later on Tuesday, Al-Mamlaka TV reported that sizeable damage was caused to coral reefs as a result of the incident.

The ship ran aground as it was entering the territorial waters toward a docking area near the shore of the marine reserve and the Marine Science Station.

The Royal Navy informed the commission of the incident, which was dealt with directly by towing the vessel and directing it toward the anchorage area, away from the shore, Majali said.

He confirmed that a diving team from the marine reserve and an environmental damage assessment team began to explore the area to see the damage to the coral reef, and asked the Jordan Maritime Authority to seize the ship, and provide the authority with all details related to the incident, for transfer to the public prosecutor, which will take legal action, according to the Environmental Protection Regulation No. 21 of 2001.

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