Shen Neng 1 grounded on Douglas Shoals, Great Barrier Reef approximately 100km East of Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast.
Shen Neng 1 grounded on Douglas Shoals, Great Barrier Reef approximately 100km East of Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast. Chris Ison/The Morning Bulletin

Shen Neng did no harm at Bay

NO evidence of environmental harm has been found at the first anchorage site of the crippled Chinese coal carrier Shen Neng 1 in Hervey Bay’s waters.

Department of Environment and Resource Management officers carried out seabed surveys of both Hervey Bay anchorage sites before the arrival of the Shen Neng 1.

A DERM spokesperson said a follow-up survey after the Shen Neng 1 left the first anchorage site found no evidence of coal spillage or any evidence of furrows or drag marks caused by the anchor, although these may have disappeared because of sand moving in the current.

“The seabed at both sites where the Shen Neng 1 anchored was flat and sandy with very little marine life and very little seagrass,” he said.

“The survey of the seabed after the Shen Neng 1 left the second anchorage has been delayed because of bad weather.”

The Shen Neng 1 was anchored off the northern coast of Fraser Island for 10 days while about one-third of its coal was unloaded so the ship, which ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in April, could be safely towed overseas.

It’s not expected to reach its Chinese port until the end of next month.



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