For oil spill in the Brisbane River
The owner, master and chief engineer of a ship have been charged over an oil spill in the Brisbane River.
The trio have been charged under the Transport Operations Marine Safety Act 1995 and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Maritime Safety Queensland says.
The specific details of the charge details have not been released.
The GL Lan Xiu, which was bound for Japan carrying 2000 head of livestock, was being refuelled by the Valiant III when the spill occurred at 6.45am (AEST) on Monday.
It took less than two minutes for five tonnes of oil to spew into the Brisbane River.
Maritime Safety Queensland acting general manager Jim Huggett said late on Tuesday that more than half of the oil had been captured.
‘Despite the rough weather the clean-up is progressing well,’ Mr Huggett said.
‘We’re well over halfway now cleaning up the oil.’
The spill has left five pelicans contaminated with oil, but has had a marginal effect on marine life.
Under the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act, individuals can be fined up to $500,000 and corporations can be fined up to $10 million.
Mr Huggett said the bulk of the remaining oil was in close proximity to the wharf where the spill took place.
‘There is very little oil on the river, most of the oil is behind the ship,’ he said.
‘Most of the oil in the river upstream has been recovered and we are making good progress recovering the oil near the Gateway Bridge.
‘The boat itself is acting as a barrier and that boat won’t be going anywhere until we’ve contained and recovered the oil under the boat and under the wharf.’
Source: Sky News