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EPA fines 'Ocean Surveyor' boat over damages to Hulhumale' reef

Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has fined the owner of 'Ocean Surveyor' boat over damages to Hulhumale' reef during survey for submarine cable project.

Ocean Connect Maldives - a subsidiary of Maldives Fund Management Corporation (MFMC) - is carrying out the submarine cable project in partnership with India's Reliance Bio company.

EPA stated that the eastern side of Hulhumale' reef suffered damages during the survey. As such, EPA has fined 'Ocean Surveyor' ocean MVR 189,112.73 to be paid within 30 days.

The submarine cable project survey began on 30th of March 2022.

OCM had previously stated that this project will strengthen the digital backbone of the country and bring in revolutionary digital transformation to Maldives. The cable is expected to be laid in Hulhumale' by end of 2023.

OCM had further added that the company will work with local internet service providers (ISP) to introduce fast connections at lower prices that will benefit the public and create a more tech savvy community in Maldives.