Ship owner, operator settle on reef damages

Ship owner, operator settle on reef damages

HONOLULU (AP) - The federal government and the state of Hawaii have reached an agreement for damages from the owner and operator of a cargo ship that ran aground nearly five years ago near the entrance of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Denak Ship Management and Vogetrader Shipping Inc. will pay $840,000 to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA says the 733-foot bulk carrier Vogetrader damaged 103,027 coral colonies when it ran aground on Feb. 5, 2010. The ship was carrying coal to Oahu.

NOAA will use $695,657 to restore or protect coral reef habitat and to oversee restoration.

The rest of the money will reimburse NOAA for assessing damage.

The public will have 30 days to comment on the settlement.

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