Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Clean-Up Crews Tackle Oil Slicks

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Clean-Up Crews Tackle Oil Slicks

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner

OIL slicks have been found on two islands northeast of Gladstone since Tuesday afternoon.

One oil slick was found on North West Island on Tuesday and the other on Tryon Island on Wednesday.

Both islands are about 10 nautical miles (18km) from where the Chinese-registered vessel Shen Neng 1 got stuck on Douglas Shoal on April 3.

Up to four tonnes of heavy fuel oil leaked into the sea. The coral cay, which is surrounded by a delicate coral reef, is near the seabird and turtle nesting sanctuary of North West Island, where clumps of oil about five metres apart stained about one kilometre of beach.

The Shen Neng 1 was refloated on Monday night and transferred to Barren Island in the Keppel Island group.

An Marine Safety Queensland (MSQ) spokesman said clean-up crews had removed about five bags of oil globules and sand by hand from North West Island and about five litres from Tyron Island.

He said the clean-up was close to completion but Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers would carry out shoreline patrols on all outcrops and islands in the area as the tides ebb and flow to see if any more oil was washed up. …

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