Australia alert over oil leak on Great Barrier Reef
A Chinese ship has run aground off north-eastern Australia, sparking an alert of an oil leak into the Great Barrier Reef. The Shen Neng I, carrying 950 tonnes of oil, ran aground 70km (43 miles) off the east coast of Great Keppel Island.
The Shen Neng I, with a crew of 23, was carrying about 65,000 tonnes of coal to China from the Australian port of Gladstone. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the ship was in danger of breaking up.
"We are now very worried we might see further oil discharged from this ship," she said.
Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said: "
Capricorn Conservation Council spokesman Ian Herbert told the Australian Associated Press he feared the latest incident was "a sign of things to come".
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system and extends for more than 2,500km.
It pains me to see this article. Last time something like this happened they even blew up parts of the reef. It should really be mandatory to have marine pilots aboard guiding ships through the area.