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#500669 - 02/04/15 10:10 AM Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31
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OCEANA Calls On GOB For Caye Caulker Rescue

Right now, this vessel is stranded on a part of the barrier reef system just off the coast of Caye Caulker, and it has been there since New Years Eve. The conservation organization, OCEANA Belize, wants the Government of Belize to remove it immediately to stop the harm to the portion of the reef it is trapped on.

A release from the organization says that based on request from residents of Caye Caulker, Marine Scientist Dr. Isani Chan led an expedition to the site. They went there to catalog the damage that this boat continues to do to the reef.

According to Dr. Chan's report, quote, "The vessel sits in approximately 5' of water in low tide… While the sailboat is currently lodged on coral "rubble", increased wave action could push the vessel into living coral." End Quote.

Oceana says that according to their information, efforts for an independent contractor to safely remove the vessel, without causing further damage, has been unsuccessful. That's why, the organization wants Government to intervene and remove it as soon as possible because the continued degradation of the reef.

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OCEANA Assesses Damage to Reef Caused By Grounded Sailboat

For over a month now, a boat, a steel hull vessel, has been aground on the reef near the island of Caye Caulker. Word spread like wildfire in early January about the incident, but weeks later, no one has been fingered for the accident at sea. OCEANA in Belize for years now has been working to protect the reef and at the request of residents from Caye Caulker, the organization took a team out to sea to investigate the incident. On January twenty-ninth, marine scientist, Doctor Isani Chan led an expedition with OCEANA’s videographer, Alexander Ellis and project assistant, Alain Alexis, to the site of the incident to conduct an assessment of the damage. News Five spoke with Doctor Chan today about the what they found at sea.

Dr. Isani Chan, Marine Scientist, OCEANA

“Our office here in Belize had been notified that there was a boat had ran aground off the channel in Caye Caulker. So, we put together a team and we went out to evaluate to see what the damage was and where was the boat basically located. We gathered some information from the guys of Caye Caulker that the vessel has been there since December thirty-first, 2014. We have contacted a number of entities in relations for these guys to remove the vessel. At the present moment, the department of environment and fisheries has already done their assessment. We are urging all parties to basically move a little bit faster and this is in relation to the various species of corals that is presently within that specific location. To just explain a little further, we know that the whole process that coral go through in growth in which their calcium carbonate take quite a long time for them to grow. So we would just basically encourage all parties for them to remove the vessel as fast as they could because the damage that could be done or have already been done could also be limited if the process is done a little faster.”

Duane Moody

“As a Marine Biologist, what can you tell us about what you saw as the threat that is happening there in that area where the boat aground?”

Dr. Isani Chan

“Well, what happened is that the boat has missed the channel and it has ended up in a location where the vessel cannot move forward. They will basically need the proper equipment and the proper technology for them to remove the vessel. We have gathered information that the vessel is steel hulse vessel, which is in local terms is metal, so it’s quite difficult for them to remove this vessel. We have gathered some info that there are local contractors that have been contacted and they are awaiting information to remove the vessel and they are just waiting for the go ahead from Department of Environment and like-wise Fisheries Department.”


Potential Impact of Grounded Vessel Discussed

Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and is considered part of a world heritage site. The steel hull sailboat measures at approximately thirty-five feet in length and sits in approximately five feet of water in low tide. While the sailboat is currently lodged on coral “rubble”, increased wave action could push the vessel into living coral and poses a serious threat to the ecosystem. Subsequent efforts for an independent contractor to safely remove the vessel without causing further damage from the site have so far proved unsuccessful. Doctor Chan also spoke of the damage to the reef and the need for swift action to have the vessel removed.

Dr. Isani Chan, Marine Scientist, OCEANA

“What we have identified is that the boat has rest mostly on coral rubbles, but removing the boat would be another issue. We do hope that they would get the proper supervision and the proper equipment for them to remove the vessel to prevent more damage that can occur. There are different species of corals that go through different levels of calcification and there are different rocks that are present. At the specific moment, I guess there were previous contractors that tried to move the vessel and it ended up on rocks. So at the present moment, the vessel is not resting on the coral reef specifically, but removing it will basically be another story in which is can contribute to various, different species of coral being damaged. They have been different contractors that went out to try to remove the vessel, but I guess they didn’t have the proper equipment for them to remove the vessel because it is quite heavy and quite huge. So the longer it stays within that environment of course the repercussion will be very harsh and the different species of organism that live within that area will be also at jeopardy as well.”

The Department of the environment has since been notified that the vessel is dangerously close to living coral and that action needs to be taken to prevent further damage to the reef.

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Vessel Lodged in the Reef Causes Major Concerns

On January 19 of this year, we told you about the concerns raised by residents of Caye Caulker about a boat that had crashed in the reef. Approximately a month has passed since this incident has occurred on December 31, 2014 and the vessel can still be seen lodged in the reef. Belize having the second Barrier Reef in the World, it may be one of the last countries in the world to have extensive areas of pristine reed, however, having such fragile ecosystems, the reef is constantly at risk of being damaged from both mother nature and mankind. Due to the delicacy of the reef, there have been repeated request from residents of Caye Caulker to Oceana Belize regarding the stranded vessel near Caye Caulker, which lead to an expedition on January 29 2015 by Marine Scientist Dr. Isani Chan with Oceana’s Videographer Alexander Ellis and Project Assistant Alain Alexis to the site of the incident to conduct an assessment on the damage of the reef. According to Dr. Chan, the Steel hull for the sailboat measures approximately 35’ in length, the vessel sits in approximately 5’ of water in low tide, while the sailboat is currently lodged on coral “rubble”, increased wave action enables the vessel to move inward into living coral, and Subsequent efforts for an independent contractor to safely remove the vessel without causing further damage to the reef, from the site have so far proved unsuccessful.

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#500688 - 02/04/15 07:15 PM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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#500740 - 02/05/15 06:06 PM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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OCEANA BELIZE SUPPORTS CALLS FROM CAYE CAULKER RESIDENTS TO REMOVE STRANDED VESSEL FROM REEF

Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, and may be one of the last countries in the world to have extensive areas of pristine reef. Oceana Belize is working to protect this vulnerable but economically important natural resource for the benefit and enjoyment of Belizeans and her future generations. However, such fragile ecosystems are constantly at risk of being damaged from both natural and man-made threats.

Based on repeated requests from residents and media to Oceana Belize regarding a vessel stranding near Caye Caulker, on Thursday, January 29th 2015, Marine Scientist Dr. Isani Chan led an expedition with Oceana’s Videographer Alexander Ellis and Project Assistant Alain Alexis to the site of the incident to conduct an assessment of the damage.

Dr. Chan reports the following:

1. The steel hull sailboat measures approximately 35’ in length.
2. The vessel sits in approximately 5’ of water in low tide.
3. While the sailboat is currently lodged on coral “rubble”, increased wave action could push the vessel into living coral.
4. Residents of the island report that the incident occurred on December 31st 2014.
5. Subsequent efforts for an independent contractor to safely remove the vessel (without causing further damage) from the site have so far proved unsuccessful.

For these reasons, Oceana Belize supports the recommendation that the vessel be removed as soon as possible to avoid any further degradation to the site.

This assessment is independent from any other investigation being carried out by any relevant government agencies.



The vessel has been inspected by an independent contractor who can lift the vessel from the sea floor and remove the sailboat from the area. That method will reportedly cost approximately $70K dollars. Precedence indicates the vessel's owner should bear costs associated with removing the sailboat. However, the sailboat is still at the site more than a month after the accident took place.



Stranded steel hull sailboat threatens to destroy living reef if not removed from the site.



According to residents of Caye Caulker, the sailboat ran aground on December 31st 2014.

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#500761 - 02/06/15 10:39 AM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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What’s the Fate of Grounded Vessel Near Caye Caulker?

Earlier this week we reported that a steel hull vessel remains aground on the reef near the island of Caye Caulker. A French captain reportedly crashed into the reef near some coral rubble when he missed the channel near Caye Caulker. That was on December thirty-first 2014 and since then; several attempts have been made to remove the thirty-five-foot vessel that is immobile in approximately five feet of water. But what is the Department of the Environment doing about the incident? According to C.E.O. in the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Adele Catzim-Sanchez, the Ministry has activated an emergency response protocol which involved the mobilization of several agencies including the Port Authority, the Fisheries Department and the Department of Environment.

Via Phone: Adele Catzim-Sanchez, C.E.O., Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

“In this case, we found out that the ship which was captained by a French national, had gone aground on the reef area. Since we activated the protocol, we’ve been actively involved in a process for getting the vessel off the reef. So we’ve been going out to the area since the first of January and we’ve made several attempts to get it off the reef. We are now at the point of engaging the services of some professionals, so we have a company that is doing some additional work to get the vessel off the reef by this weekend. The process according to response protocol, the process is one first to ensure safety of personnel. So the first thing we did was ensured that everyone was safe. Secondly it was to ensure safety of the environment and to do that, we have to do an assessment; however, the assessment is incomplete because we have to get the vessel off the reef before we can complete the full assessment of the damage that has been caused. The third level in the protocol is to then protect property. And so we have been trying our best to not interfere with the integrity of the vessel itself, but we found that that has been difficult. So we are now making the required adjustment in our plan to make sure that we get the vessel off.”

…French Boat Captain No Longer in Country

The Westerhaven, the Great Escape and the Azteca are three well-known vessels that ran aground on Belize’s barrier reef in the past six years. In the case of the Westernhaven, which beached on the reef about fifteen miles north east of Dangriga back in 2009, eleven million fifty thousand dollars was awarded to the government for damages. Now, in this most recent case, on January twenty-ninth, an OCEANA team headed by marine scientist, Doctor Isani Chan, visited the site to conduct an assessment of the damage. Doctor Chan has advised that the vessel be removed professionally and with haste because the fluctuating tide and waves can push the vessel onto the living corals. But who’s the captain of the ship?

Via Phone: Adele Catzim-Sanchez, C.E.O., Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

“Our information indicates that the French national is no longer in the country and that really is the issue of…that aspect of this response protocol is not within the authority of the department of the environment of our ministry and so that part of the response falls to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And so we have actually very good coordination in trying to ensure that we cover all basis; however, in this particular case—as in others—it has been difficult to keep the presence of the captain of the ship here in Belize.”

Duane Moody

“So by the weekend, it is expected that the boat will be removed?”

Adele Catzim-Sanchez

“Yes, that is our expectation. We have been working at removing it from the first of January. We’ve had difficulties with the weather pattern and the high wave action which prevented us from moving quicker to get it off the reef. But nevertheless, we have been going out there very frequently and have made several attempts using several different methods. And so we have had to adopt the methods that we are using in order to ensure that it comes off the reef.”

Duane Moody

“Is there any possibility that this French national will be charged for damage to the reef if any?”

Adele Catzim-Sanchez

“Well we have had some communication with the French national and we are leaving that part of the work to the office of the Solicitor General so I wouldn’t want to comment on that aspect of the work. For us, our level of authority right now and the response from our ministry is really to get the vessel off the reef and to assess the damage so that we can then indicate the cost of the damage.”

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#500803 - 02/07/15 09:59 AM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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DOE Says Reef Wracked Sailboat To Be Moved As Soon As Weather Permits

The 40 foot French sailboat known as the "Termaji," has been stuck on the reef in front of Caye Caulker since December 30th. And tonight, it's still there. The Department of the Environment says that it's tried to remove the vessel from its grounded position, but because of bad weather, the team had to postpone the removal of the vessel for safety reasons more than once. Salvage operations started on 15th January but according to a release issued today, quote, "several uncontrollable setbacks have …delayed the removal of the vessel from the reef." Unquote. But it has been shifted 15- 20ft from its original position into deeper water, where, quote, "it has been secured to ensure as minimal damage as possible to coral colonies nearby." Unquote.

Once the weather permits, the team will return to remove the vessel from the reef. Once that is finished, a damage assessment will determine the damage to the Reef.

The Department of the environment has also reported on a fish kill in the Placencia lagoon. On Wednesday, February 4, the DOE visited the area, which is a marshland northwest of the Lagoon.

But, the DOE personnel did not observe any evidence of the fish kill and conducted on-site water quality assessments, which found that the water quality of the marshland was normal. Personnel also collected water samples to determine if insufficient oxygen levels caused the fish kill.

The DOE says it will continue to monitor the Lagoon and conduct further water quality assessment.

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#501045 - 02/13/15 07:11 PM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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Owner of sailboat lodged on the reef allowed to leave amidst investigation

According to DOE, at about 7pm on December 30, 2014, personnel from the Department of Environment (DOE) were informed of a vessel grounding that occurred on the Belize Barrier Reef just south of the access channel near Caye Caulker Village. The DOE contacted the relevant agencies, including Belize Fisheries Department and the Belize Port Authority, who responded to the incident in accordance with the National Standard Operating Procedure for Marine Casualties. “During the response to the reported area by the team on 31st December, 2014, the DOE personnel observed a stationary 40-foot, blue and red steel hull sail boat named “Termaji,” with Flag State as France. Upon investigations, it was learned that the owner and captain of the vessel, a French National, were attempting to access the channel in front of Caye Caulker Village when the vessel grounded on the reef,” stated the press release from the DOE dated February 6th.

According to the release, 100 gallons of diesel was inside the storage tank of the vessel. DOE reported that the diesel was immediately removed to prevent any spill or contamination of the exposed reef crest. “In the implementation of the National Standard Operating Procedure for Marine Casualties, the DOE and other relevant agencies has since made several attempts to remove the vessel from its grounded position, but because of inclement weather, the team had to postpone the removal of the vessel for safety reasons on more than one occasion.”

DOE reports that they have since visited the grounding site with two prominent salvage companies established within Belize and were scheduled to commence salvaging operations on January 15th. “Since the commencement of salvaging operations, several uncontrollable setbacks have been experienced that have delayed the removal of the vessel from the reef. However, the vessel has been moved approximately 15-20ft away from its original position into deeper water, where it has been secured to ensure as minimal damage as possible to coral colonies nearby… upon its removal, a damage assessment will be conducted to determine the extent of the damage to the Belize Barrier Reef.”

DOE did not release the name of the French sailor and owner of the vessel but confirmed that sailor has left the country. They also did not say under what terms the owner of the vessel was allowed to leave the country prior to an assessment of the damages caused to the reef and how he intends to compensate for damages.

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#502102 - 03/12/15 10:33 AM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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Boat Aground Since December 2014

On December thirty-first 2014, a French captain crashed his steel hull vessel into the reef near some coral rubble when he missed the channel near Caye Caulker. Late January, an OCEANA team headed by marine scientist, Doctor Isani Chan, visited the site to conduct an assessment of the damage. Doctor Chan advised that the vessel be removed professionally and with haste because the fluctuating tide and waves could push the vessel into living corals in proximity. Several attempts had been made to remove the thirty-five-foot vessel that is stuck in approximately five feet of water. And on February fifth, the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development told News Five that it had activated an emergency response protocol which involved the mobilization of the Port Authority, the Fisheries Department and the Department of Environment. That response protocol was to see the vessel removed. But up to today, the boat has still not been removed and residents on Caye Caulker as well as environmentalists continue to express concern about the potential damage to the reef. We spoke to OCEANA’s VP, Janelle Chanona, who confirms that the vessel continues to sit on coral. For context, here’s C.E.O. Adele Catzim-Sanchez on the status of the vessel.

Via Phone: Adele Catzim-Sanchez, C.E.O., Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development [File: February 5th, 2015]

“In this case, we found out that the ship which was captained by a French national, had gone aground on the reef area. Since we activated the protocol, we’ve been actively involved in a process for getting the vessel off the reef. So we’ve been going out to the area since the first of January and we’ve made several attempts to get it off the reef. We are now at the point of engaging the services of some professionals, so we have a company that is doing some additional work to get the vessel off the reef by this weekend. The process according to response protocol, the process is one first to ensure safety of personnel. So the first thing we did was ensured that everyone was safe. Secondly it was to ensure safety of the environment and to do that, we have to do an assessment; however, the assessment is incomplete because we have to get the vessel off the reef before we can complete the full assessment of the damage that has been caused. The third level in the protocol is to then protect property. And so we have been trying our best to not interfere with the integrity of the vessel itself, but we found that that has been difficult. So we are now making the required adjustment in our plan to make sure that we get the vessel off.”

Janelle Chanona

Janelle Chanona, VP, OCEANA Belize

“Yes Duane, as part of Reef Week, the WUB Krem Wake Up Belize Morning Show is in Caye Caulker, broadcasting live. So I was in Caye Caulker yesterday and yes, the boat is still firmly lodged in the same spot it was moved to. And yes, we are still getting concerns both from our environmental partners out there and concerned Caye Caulker residents in general just saying we really want to see this boat removed and make sure that it doesn’t threaten the live coral patches that are nearby. So yes, we stand ready, willing and able to help make that happen because it is a blight…I mean, you can still see it. And I know, you had done some interviews that there were plans ongoing and so hopefully that happens soon.”

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#502123 - 03/12/15 02:16 PM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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None of the foregoing seems to say anything. Is it just me reading it this way? Ie "we are all concerned. We are thinking about things. Something must be done. Maybe some day."??
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#502157 - 03/13/15 10:46 AM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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Department Of Environment May Have To Cut Up Fancy French Sailboat

The 40 foot French sailboat known as the "Termaji," is still stuck on the reef in front of Caye Caulker. It has been there 10 weeks, since December 30th - and every effort to move it has failed. That's because the Termaji has a heavy steel hull - and none of the tugs in Belize have been able to haul it off the reef. The news tonight is that the Department of the Environment is now applying to the court for permission to cut the grounded vessel up into many smaller parts and haul them away. That's the only way to solve a problem that's getting worse everyday. "Worse" because the Termaji is continuing to damage the reef as the waves rock it back and forth: it has moved at least 30 feet along the reef crest since it crashed on December 30th. And the really bad part of that it that the department of Environment can only hold the owner liable for the initial damage, not what has happened subsequently. And, speaking of the owner, he has gone back to France and stopped taking calls form authorities here in Belize - in fact word we've received suggest he may even want to sue the government for the loss of his vessel. We say loss because - in ten weeks - pirates have systematically raided the fancy French sailboat of everything that could be moved, from small nautical fittings to the mast.

So far, efforts to remove it have cost government sixty thousand dollars - and it will cost another forty to cut it up and haul away the remains.

The best government can now hope for is that it will get compensation for the damage from the French insurance company.

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#502351 - 03/18/15 10:52 AM Re: Boat stranded off Caye Caulker since Dec 31 [Re: Marty]
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What’s Next For The Termaji?

The MCCAP project should have measurable effects on the barrier reef in the next 3 years, but what about right now? What's happening with that 40-foot French sailboat, "Termaji" stuck on the reef in front of Caye Caulker? Well, it's been there from since December 30, and it still has not been moved.

It is believed that the French National who owned the boat has already left the country, but the damage caused to the reef cannot be assessed, and the natural rehabilitation cannot begin. It's now over 2 months that the vessel has been there, and when we asked about it today, Ministry CEO Adele Catzim-Sanchez told us it will be on the reef at least a while longer. Here's how she explained why:

Adele Catzim-Sanchez, CEO - Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
"With regard to the ship itself, we have done everything that we could have done to try to maintain the integrity of the boat while taking it off the reef system, but we've not been able to do that. We've made several attempts since the 1st of January to do so and we've invested quite a bit of resources in trying to take the boat off the reef. The next step is for us to invest in breaking the ship into parts, to dismantle it in order to lift it off the reef, so that it doesn't continue to compromise the quality and the integrity of the reef system. So, it's one of those areas in which you have to give and take. We are working with experts, because we have been looking across Belize to see who has the capacity to remove the ship. There is limited capacity that is available, because this isn't an everyday activity, so people don't invest in the equipment needed to move ships off the reef. But at the same time, we have found that we have had to mobilize teams of people. So we are working actually with the timelines of the people who we feel can be part of that team and that has taken some time. But we had initially expected that by now, it would have been off and so that is why we are going now to plan B of doing the dismantling to ensure that it comes off. That would take 17 continuous days of work and as soon as we finalize the contract with the team that will be doing it - it will be 17 days from then to which it complete the exercise."

The Ministry is working to bring criminal charges in absentia against the owner of the boat. CEO Catzim-Sanchez told us today that the Ministry is looking at legislation reforms to properly hold persons who damage to reef accountable for their actions.

Channel 7


Fisheries C.E.O. on Vessel Grounding on Reef

A French captain back on December thirty-first, 2014 crashed his thirty-five-foot steel hull vessel into the reef near some coral rubble when he missed the channel near Caye Caulker. Since then, several attempts have been made to remove the boat that is stuck in approximately five feet of water. The grounded vessel has had residents on Caye Caulker and environmentalists up in arms because of the damage to the corals.  Since January, the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, through an emergency response protocol including Port Authority, Fisheries Department and the Department of Environment personnel have been trying to remove the vessel, but to no avail. It’s now been almost three months since the incident and there is still no real timeline as to when the boat will be removed. C.E.O. in the ministry, Adele Catzim-Sanchez, says that they are now looking at dismantling the boat as a plan B.

Adele Catzim-Sanchez, C.E.O., Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

“In the last few years or so, we have experienced several groundings on the reef and the position of our ministry is that we want to actively engage in dialogue with other sectors so that we can influence the protocols being developed; in this case, particularly for the nautical tourism industry because we do see space in which we can grow the industry and do so recognizing that we have to put some special things in place that maybe other countries don’t have to put in place to protect our reef system. With regards to the ship itself, we have done everything that we could have done to try to maintain the integrity of the boat while taking it off the reef system, but we’ve not been able to do that.  We’ve made several attempts since the first of January to do so and we’ve invested quite a bit of resources in trying to take the boat off the reef. The next step is for us to invest in breaking the ship into parts, to dismantle it in order to lift it off the reef so that it doesn’t continue to compromise the quality and the integrity of the reef system. So it is one of those areas in which you have to give and take and so we are hoping that this experience will enable us to strengthen how we move forward. We are working with experts because we have been looking across Belize to see who has the capacity to remove the ship. There is limited capacity that is available because this isn’t an everyday activity so people don’t invest in the equipment needed to move ships off the reef. But at the same time, we have found that we have had to mobilize teams of people. So we are working actually with the time lines of the people who we feel can be part of that team and that has taken some time. But we had initially expected that by now it would have been off and that is why we are going now to plan B of doing the dismantling to ensure that it comes off. That will take seventeen continuous days of work and as soon as we finalize the contract with the team that will be doing it, it will be seventeen days from then through which it will be to complete the exercise.”

Will Charges Be Brought Against Boat Captain Whose Vessel Ran Aground on Reef?

As to the French national who captained the vessel, he has not been seen or heard from since. So will there be any charges laid against him for the damage to the reef. 

Adele Catzim-Sanchez, C.E.O., Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

“I think that…it just for us provides an opportunity for us to strengthen our multisectoral response. Because there are things…while we understand why we need to have people here, we also have to follow the existing rules and regulations and the legal system. We can’t operate outside of that. So we are already seeing gaps that need to be strengthened so that we can help to mitigate this kind of activity from happening over and over again. But that is something that we are looking on to revisit the entire multisectoral protocol to see what it is that we can do on our end. It is natural for people to feel that they are in a different country and might want to be in the safety of their own home environment, but at the same time, we know that we have a responsibility to the Belizean people and to the global community to protect what is truly unique which is the barrier reef system.”

Duane Moody

“Are there any charges that can be brought against this man?”

Adele Catzim-Sanchez

“Our ministry has been working with the solicitor general’s office to get their legal advice on how we can make charges in absentia. And so even in terms of dismantling the boat, all of that has required us to work with the solicitor general’s office and they’ve been very supportive in going through the legal system to get all the requisite legal documents in place to be able to do what is necessary to address this situation. And that includes the work of negotiating with the insurance company and yes, we have to complete the assessment as soon as we get the boat off the reef. We have a preliminary assessment, but not until we are able to lift the vessel off the reef will we be able to see all the damage.”

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