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Bulk Carrier Dumped Garbage in Marine Park

Bulk carrier 'Pantanal' owners & master fined for dumping food waste near Australia's Great Barrier Reef The master and owner of a ship that dumped garbage in the Great Barrier Reef marine park have been fined according to a Ninemsn Both pleaded guilty in the Townsville Magistrates Court to illegally dumping food waste from the Antiguan bulk carrier Pantanal in the park in July last year. The ship's master was fined $500, while the owner was fined $5000. Convictions were recorded against both men.

Australia Bans Waste Dumping on Barrier Reef

Image by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

 Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister Greg Hunt stated, as part of a push to cease the UN declaring the website in danger.  The atmosphere minister has given orders for new regulations to be put in place for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, to ban them from issuing dumping permits for the reef.   This has been a dramatic change in the way the reef is managed, said a statement from Hunt

Fatigue to Blame for Barrier Reef Grounding

 According to a report from ABS News, the final investigation into the grounding of a Chinese coal carrier on the Great Barrier Reef last year has found fatigue was a major factor in causing the accident. The Shen Neng 1 ran aground in April at Douglas Shoal off Rockhampton, seriously damaging its hull and spilling more than three tonnes of heavy fuel oil into the water.   (Source: ABS News)

Today in U.S. Naval History: January 2

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 2 1969 - Operation Barrier Reef began in Mekong Delta, Vietnam For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at

Sub France Wants Australia to Buy

Barracuda-class submarine. Photo by DCNS

 The French company DCNS has released details of the new submarine it wants to build for Australia as a replacement for the navy's Collins subs.   DCNS is offering Australia a new submarine design it calls the Shortfin Barracuda as its contender in the $50 billion new submarines project.   The Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design, which is more than 90m long and displaces more than 4000 tonnes, is the French bid for the Future Submarines project.  

'Guardians of the Reef' Win Australian Accolade

Image courtesy of ARP

Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) popularly known as 'Guardians of the Reef' and the country's leading pilotage company has won a national accolade for its work to protect one of the planet’s most sensitive and treasured areas – the Great Barrier Reef. ARP picked up this year’s esteemed Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Award (Safe Transport Category). Chief Executive Officer Simon Meyjes said the award recognised ARP’s unique world-class Safety Management System

Bid To Re-float MISC Ship Fails

A second bid failed on Thursday to refloat a Malaysian ship carrying dangerous chemicals stranded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef but authorities said they would launch a new all-out effort on the weekend, Reuters reported. Queensland state Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer said three ocean-going tugs were unable to pull the 184-metre (600-ft) Bunga Teratai Satu off Sudbury Reef, despite early indications of improved buoyancy at high tide

Incat Crowther's Vessel for Great Barrier Reef Tour

Wavelength 4

  Incat Crowther has delivered Wavelength 4, a 19m catamaran tour vessel claimed by its operator to be “the cleanest tour vessel on the Great Barrier Reef”. Built by Aluminium Marine in Queensland, Wavelength 4 features Incat Crowther’s efficient hull form and boasts numerous environmental features. The green approach was practical, focusing on a low environmental cost of producing and operating the vessel rather than emerging technologies.

Incat Crowther Building Three Catamaran Ferries

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Incat Crowther is pleased to announce that construction is well advanced on three new catamaran ferries to its design. Two 32-metre ferries and one 24-metre ferry will be operated by Riverside Marine to transport workers between Gladstone, Queensland and the new LNG plant on Curtis Island. By focusing on passenger accommodation, seakeeping, efficiency and range, Riverside Marine and Incat Crowther have developed a 3-vessel fleet which offers maximum capacity combined with maximum flexibility

IMO’s MEPC Set to Adopt Polar Code Provisions

Photo: IMO

Polar Code environmental provisions set for adoption at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee   The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 68th session from May 11-15, 2015, at IMO Headquarters in London.    Items on the agenda include the proposed adoption of the environmental part of the Polar Code and associated draft MARPOL amendments to make the Code mandatory; the implementation of the

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months.   The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian

WWII Catalina Aircraft Wreckage Confirmed

An engine mount from Catalina 24-25. The aircraft was discovered in waters off Cairns in far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board.   Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

Shipper Fined for Dumping Garbage in the Great Barrier Reef

The master and owners of the Hong Kong registered bulk carrier ANL Kardinia have been prosecuted for illegally dumping garbage in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.   Prosecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), One Armania Shipping Ltd

Captain John Foley – Obituary

Captain John Foley

Britain: April 30, 1940 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: June 22, 2015   Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef “Grand Pilot” gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on June 26

Shippers Prosecuted for Garbage Dumping

CSCL Brisbane (Photo: Seaspan Corporation)

Two shipping companies and their masters have been prosecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for two separate marine pollution incidents within the Great Barrier Reef.   Tokyo based Perses Maritima Ltd and the master of its Japan registered vehicle carrier Asteria Leader

AMSA Prosecutes Shipping Cos, Masters for Pollution

Marine pollution within Great Barrier Reef

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has prosecuted two shipping companies and their masters for two separate marine pollution incidents within the Great Barrier Reef. Tokyo based Perses Maritima Ltd and the master of its Japan registered vehicle carrier Asteria Leader were

Great Barrier Reef Kept Off UNESCO 'Danger' List

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

  A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short of placing Australia's Great Barrier Reef on an "in danger" list, but the ruling on Friday raised long-term concerns about its future. The long-awaited ruling by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee welcomed

Australian Reef Pilots Under New Ownership

Photo: ARP

Australian marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has been bought by a consortium of its employees.   ARP, which services shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, has been sold by the private Brisbane-based company Torres Industries to a group of ARP executives and reef pilots

Australia Reveals Barrier Reef Protections

Australia detailed on Monday how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world's largest reef and avoid having it listed by UNESCO as "in danger." UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is due to decide in June whether to

Australia Bans Dumping within Great Barrier Reef

Image: Great Barrier Reef

 The dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will be completely banned under draft laws proposed by the Federal Environment Minister.   Greg Hunt said the regulation would forever end the disposal of capital dredge spoil within the marine park - an area 345

Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to

Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer

Taiwanese Captain Arrested in Australia

Photo: China Steel Developer

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship -China Steel Developer- for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.    Sources said that the captain — a Taiwanese national by the name of Lu — will plead

Cargo Ship Disabled near Great Barrier Reef

A general cargo vessel experiencing mechanical issues near the Great Barrier Reef is under tow, the response coordinator Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported.   Antigua and Barbuda flagged general cargo vessel, Thor Commander

Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching.

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