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Old 13-06-2013, 08:57   #1
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Interesting article about a superyacht in total disregard for how fragile a reef system is.

"One of the Caribbean's most pristine environments has been badly damaged by a rampaging superyacht. The superyacht Captain, when spoken to, told nearby divers, "I have a cruising license and I can do what I want!" It was the volunteers - and then a passing group of scientists - who were the first to respond to the reports that the superyacht had badly damaged the coral reef in the Turks and Caicos Islands". Read More



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Not surprising. Humans are not born with ethics. Most people are not ethical unless it is a benefit to them to be so. Ethics must be taught by family or society/culture since humans always will do what serves THEM best, regardless of the situation. I do not like to stereotype, but I have met countless superyacht captains who worked for corporate yachts or individual owners throughout South Florida and the Caribbean and do not have a very high opinion of their attitude or character. Most have a very low opinion/regard for sailors and it is very evident when you encounter them. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. He should be fined accordingly, as he would in the US, for the damage he has done. This is just another example in a long list of offenses against the natural world by a "don't blame me" mentality. Good luck and good sailing.
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Not surprising. Humans are not born with ethics. Most people are not ethical unless it is a benefit to them to be so. Ethics must be taught by family or society/culture since humans always will do what serves THEM best, regardless of the situation. I do not like to stereotype, but I have met countless superyacht captains who worked for corporate yachts or individual owners throughout South Florida and the Caribbean and do not have a very high opinion of their attitude or character. Most have a very low opinion/regard for sailors and it is very evident when you encounter them. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. He should be fined accordingly, as he would in the US, for the damage he has done. This is just another example in a long list of offenses against the natural world by a "don't blame me" mentality. Good luck and good sailing.
A fines no good... strip him of his captains ticket as well... and impound the vessel until suitable recompense has been paid by the owners...
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Old 19-06-2013, 11:50   #4
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Here is a link to the boat Superaycht White Cloud | Features | The Crew Report
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Suitable recompense would be a new 220' artificial reef.
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The crew report says she recently got a new captain..... Duh
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I have no problem whatsoever with people having silly amounts of money, what annoys me is when they think it gives them a right to consume resources and damage the environment in a way that ordinary people don't.

Seeing his stinkpot drydocked and cut up for scrap should deter the owner from any further transgressions...
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The crew report says she recently got a new captain..... Duh
The new captain is the culprit.
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Seems like a big fine would be appropriate, along with publicizing the information so that the rest of the community can pay their respects.
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CHARGES against the chief engineer of the M.Y. White Cloud, David Brown, 34, were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), JoAnn Meloche.


Meanwhile the yacht’s captain, Benjamin Cameron, 39, represented by Martin Green, appeared in court for the trial on Wednesday (May 22) in the case of the massive damage to the coral reef off North West Point.


Brown and Cameron, who last appeared before Magistrate Jolyon Hatmin on May 9 and were successful in securing the return their passports among other bail variations, were slapped with four charges each after the anchor the 220ft yacht was dragged through the reef resulting in significant damages on April 1 and 2.


Presently, Cameron, a French national, faces one charge of anchoring a vessel greater than 60 feet in length outside an approved anchoring zone in the Northwest Point Marine National Park and three charges associated with causing anchor damage to coral reef structures.
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They said the Captain disregarded warnings that his vessel was wrongly anchored; his claim of engine problems may not completely true; and most importantly the vessel did not have an anchorage permit as previously claimed by Cameron.

M.Y. White Cloud’s captain stands trial for reef damage

Yeah. Would be nice if the owner was charged too.
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It should be interesting to see how this pans out. Hopefully big bucks will not prevail.
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Re: Reef Decimated

I'm concerned about this abuse and the disregard of the environment, but I'm not in agreement that this is an act more common among the wealthy. I see plenty of little tracks from dinghy size boats and less than 25' outboards with prop scars tearing through the grasses and soft corals causing the same kind of damage or more due to their numbers. It's fine to hold the wealthy to a proportional accountability and they leave a big mark, but they are not among the big numbers of offenders.
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Biggest motor I use is a 5hp... and a soft bottom dinghy... bet that's at least 1/3rd the size most here would recommend... along with a hard bottomed RIB...
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You would not get away with this if you were in Belize. They take this kind of thing very seriously.
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You would not get away with this if you were in Belize. They take this kind of thing very seriously.
The TCI are desperately poor. Corruption in their government was so bad that the Crown stepped back in. They have some of the most incredible diving in the world, but sadly are largely unable to protect their own shore.

While cruising outbound, I was approached by their patrol boat just east of Provo. I had called radio Provo as per the requirement, but the patrol boat came along side and asked me many of the same questions.

When I tried to hale them on the vhf, they could not hear me. I stopped and they came along side. The captain told me they did not have a functioning VHF onboard.... I called radio Provo and told them their patrol boats radio had gone out, they said they had not had one in some time.

FWIW, I paid $300 for my cruising permit there. How many cheap handhelds can you buy for that?

Very sad indeed.
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