On March 27, 2013, the federal and State natural resource trustees settled natural resource damage claims arising from the February 2, 2005, grounding of the cargo ship M/V Cape Flattery near the entrance to Barbers Point Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. This settlement with two parties -- Cape Flattery Limited and Pacific Basin (HK) Limited -- is embodied in a Consent Decree that was entered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii .
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
The M/V Cape Flattery is a 555-foot long, foreign-flagged cargo ship. On the early morning of February 2, 2005, the M/V Cape Flattery ran aground on coral reef habitat outside the entrance channel to Barbers Point Harbor on the southwestern coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The ship was carrying approximately 9 metric tons of bulk pelletized cement and 147,000 gallons of fuel oil. Over the next nine days, the ship’s fuel was lightered, the cargo was offloaded and on February 11, the ship was refloated and towed from the reef.
Coral reef habitats and associated resources were physically injured as a result of ship stabilization and response activities. The trustees determined that six marine habitat zones -- including 19.5 acres of coral -- were injured.
Under the settlement in the entered Consent Decree, the settling parties will:
The total value of the monetary settlement is $7,500,000.00.
The trustees will next prepare a Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan detailing proposed natural resource restoration actions to be undertaken to restore injured coral reef habitat. This Draft DARP will be made available for public comment.
Consent Decree (entered March 27, 2013)