Coal Carrier Stranded on Shoal near Rockhampton, Oil Patches in Ocean

A coal carrier, the Shen Neng 1, remains stranded on a shoal near Great Keppel Island, about five hundred kilometres north-north-east of Brisbane, between Rockhampton and the Great Barrier Reef. A Maritime Safety Queensland spokesman said the ship ran aground at ten past five pm on Saturday (pdf file). He said yesterday morning that oil patches have appeared near the ship, and that the ship is not likely to be moved without salvage assistance (pdf file). He said the ship is carrying nine hundred and fifty tonnes of oil and sixty-five thousand tonnes of coal (pdf file).

The Queensland Greens lead Senate candidate, Larissa Waters, said marine pilots should be compulsory on all carriers travelling through the inner passage of the Great Barrier Reef.

Video taken by the Associated Press and published on YouTube on yesterday shows light-coloured material on the surface of the ocean, starboard and forward of the carrier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDpEc7uxS5I

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