On Saturday night May 23rd the Peruvian navy training ship the Mollendo ran aground in Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. The Mollendo, a 153-meter ship, had been given special permission from President Correa to enter the Galapagos National Park for training purposes. With this permission the president overruled the Galapagos National Park Service, who had denied entry to this ship. The reason for denial by the Park was that they carry bunker fuel, which is absolutely prohibited inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve. It is unknown why the President would give such permission despite strict Park regulations. Apparently, the exercises are part of a cultural exchange between Ecuador and Peru.
Unconfirmed sources report that the Mollendo carries 24,000 gallons of bunker fuel and 200,000 gallons of diesel.