Shenzhen Cargo Ship Ran Aground in Australian Waters
The Consul-General of Chinese Embassy in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Ren Gongping confirmed that a Chinese coal ship struck on a rock and ran aground in waters on the evening of 3rd April at the sea 120 km far away from Rockhampton city in central Australia, and 23 crew members were safe so far.
Ren Gongping told the reporter that the coal ship called “Shen Neng No.1” belonged to Shenzhen Energy Transport Co., Ltd., whose crews were all Chinese. After the accident, Brisbane Consulate General attached great importance to get in touch immediately with the captain Wang Jichang. Wang Jichang said the accident was not serious. After the ship ran aground, a small amount of oil leaked, which is now under repairs. There are adequate drinking water and food on board. If the damaged part of the hull can be repaired quickly, then the crews won’t have to disembark.
It was also reported the relevant authority in Queensland were cleaning up oil spilt in waters, to ensure the reduction of the pollution to a minimum. Australian parties concerned that the leaked fuel would pollute the ecological environment in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, where there are the world’s largest coral reef and one of the United Nations’ World Heritages. Australian officials said the authority was at present assessing the damage to the environment.
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