Australia Settles Six Years After Great Barrier Reef Grounding

SYDNEY, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Australia on Monday reached a A$39.3 million ($29.66 million) out-of-court settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that ran aground in 2010 on the Great Barrier Reef. The settlement, dismissed by an environmental group as not enough, is less than a third of what the Australian government was seeking from the ship's owner - Shenzhen … [Read more...]

Australia Charges $120m for Ship Damage To Great Barrier Reef

Australia is asking Shenzhen Energy Transport, the owners of the Chinese coal carrier Shen Neng 1, to pay $120m for damage to the Great Barrier Reef. But Shenzhen Energy Transport says it won't pay for clean-up of the Douglas Shoal, which was severely damaged when the Shen Neng 1 went off-course and ran aground on the reef in 2010. The Australian … [Read more...]

Australia Fines Master, Owner Over Dumping Garbage in Great Barrier Reef

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says it has successfully prosecuted the master and owners of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ANL Kardinia for illegally dumping garbage in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. One Armania Shipping Ltd and the master of ANL Kardinia were found guilty on July 20 in the Townsville Magistrates Court on one charge each of … [Read more...]

Australia Finds Oily Water Patches Near Great Barrier Reef

By Alex Morales (Bloomberg) -- Patches of oily water detected near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a Unesco-protected site, will be investigated further Saturday morning, local authorities said. “We can confirm some patches of oily water have been sighted in the water south of Townsville,” Maritime Safety Queensland said in an e-mailed statement Friday. “A water police … [Read more...]