Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Our Harbour Needs to Be Shipshape

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Our Harbour Needs to Be Shipshape

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Byline: KIERAN MORAN kieran.moran@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE barge that lost its moorings last week causing it to run aground at Tannum Sands has called into question shipping protocols and safety requirements in the Gladstone Harbour.

In 2010, ships in the Gladstone harbour or connected to the Gladstone harbour have run aground, come adrift or have not followed correct shipping procedures.

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) general manager Patrick Quirk told The Observer yesterday MSQ is still in the process of investigating the incident last week.

C[pounds sterling]MSQ is investigating and we are currently weighing up the options and if need be we will take strong action against the barge owner,C[yen] Mr Quirk said.

Gladstone environmental campaigner Paul Tooker said the barge grounding incident highlights a serious safety issue that may be indicative of a bigger problem.

C[pounds sterling]If shipping in the port of Gladstone cannot follow the protocols for normal shipping, how can the public have any confidence that the theoretically more stringent protocols for LNG shipping will be followed,C[yen] Mr Tooker said. …

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