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Stranded ship threatens Great Barrier Reef

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.

Oil patches have been seen and officials said there were real concerns the ship may break apart, causing a greater spillage.
Conservationists say they fear for a major accident in the future.

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: "
It is in danger of actually breaking a number of its main structures and breaking into a number of parts.

Capricorn Conservation Council spokesman Ian Herbert told the Australian Associated Press he feared the latest incident was "a sign of things to come".
"We are outraged that no marine pilot is required on ships between Gladstone and Cairns," he said.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system and extends for more than 2,500km.


The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. This reef supports a wide diversity of life, and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. ~


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.
Tags: australia, china, environment

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