April 4, 2010
A vessel aground on Great Barrier Reef and leaking oil is in danger of breaking apart, the Queensland government says.
The Chinese-owned, 230m-long bulk coal carrier Shen Neng 1 ran aground about 70km east of Great Keppel Island shortly after 5pm (AEST) yesterday, sparking a national oil-spill response plan.
It is carrying 950 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 65,000 tonnes of coal.
The vessel hit the reef at full speed, 15km outside the shipping lane.
"Who will be paying for the clean up this time?
"Last year the state government had to go cap in hand to the company that polluted Moreton Island.
"It is time that the industry, not the taxpayer, foots the bill for the full cost of the clean up."
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