CAIRO: A cruise ship was fined 500,000 EGP ($69,950) by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) Sunday for dumping sewage in the Red Sea after it anchored at the port of Safaga in the Red Sea governorate, Youm7 reported.
The Safaga port authority spotted a large number of dead fish near the dump site, in addition to a foul smell, and reported the incident to EEAA. Investigations found that the sailors of the Italian-flagged Costa Neoclassic, a tourist ship, dumped the waste in the water, and as a result encouraged the growth of toxic algae. The ship has already left Egyptian waters headed for Cyprus.
The Egyptian Red Sea coast hosts several luxurious resorts with several diving spots and underwater attractions. Ras Mohamed, a marine national park and nature reserve, lies at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula on the Red Sea and is famous for rare, colorful coral reefs and fish.