Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Ship Faces Seizure for Damaging Coral

From Times staff and wire service reports

A suit by the federal government asks that a Yugoslav ship that ran aground and destroyed coral beds be condemned and sold in order to pay penalties for damaging the marine ecosystem. The suit claims the freighter Mavro Vetranic was not seaworthy and its crew incompetent when it plowed into a fragile coral reef in the Florida Keys on Oct. 30. U.S. marshals seized the ship when it arrived at the Port of Miami.

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