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Shen Neng 1 aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Old 3rd April 2010, 22:32
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Post Shen Neng 1 aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

Hi Guys, some latest news from Australia that may be of interest to someone.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/sh...0404-rl3h.html

Hope this link connects to the paper. If not try www.smh.com.au & try links from there.
Apparently the Chinese bulker has hit one of the islands in the Great Barrier Reef. A surveyor has been flown out to assess damage. Reported small at this stage oil spill.
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Old 4th April 2010, 03:00
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Post Alert over Barrier Reef oil leak (BBC News)

A Chinese ship runs aground off north-eastern Australia, sparking an alert of an oil leak into the Great Barrier Reef.

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Old 4th April 2010, 07:34
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This looks like another looming disaster for our beautiful coastline and islands.
Last March the Pacific Adventurer spilled 250 tonnes of fuel oil and lost 31 improperly secured containers of ammonium nitrate in Moreton Bay, creating major problems for some 60 kilometres of mainland and inshore islands' coastlines.
The latest news is that the Chinese vessel was well off course and should not have been in the area, which is part of the great Barrier Marine Park.

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Old 4th April 2010, 08:48
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Maybe there's a call for compulsary pilotage between Brisbane and Cairns!
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Old 4th April 2010, 11:32
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Compulsory pilotage should be mandatory between Brisbane and Thursday Island. This incident has been inevitable.
With 98% of Australia's imports and exports being carried in foreign vessels which in many cases, as has been shown here, are not fit to be on the high seas through either their poor condition or poor manning standards, the time for pussy footing around this situation is over.
There are way too many incidents in the Reef. Australian manned ships have in the past also been involved so there is no argument. Pilots on every thing.......
Sorry.......it might cost money but that is just something that HAS to be factored in the the costs. It cannot be that expensive.
I have been up and down that stretch of water many times and as far as I am concerned, while not arduous for a professional navigator you do need to be on your toes at times.
Off course alarms? GPS alarms? Radar alarms? Mark one eyeball? Where were they all?
Unbelievable but inevitable.
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Old 4th April 2010, 11:58
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...and 2 pilots on each ship.... not the present 'I,m just popping down for a nap ' routine.

The 2 pilot system is what the Chileans use on the approx 1000 mile inner route through Chilean Patagonia. All the pilots are ex armada navigators... or so I have been told.
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Old 4th April 2010, 14:05
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I was under the impression a pilot was compulsary from Thursday to Cairns anyway. Though 2 would be better than one. I also heard they had difficulty finding pilots for the Barrier Reef!
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Old 5th April 2010, 01:11
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Apparently the ship (according to news reports) hit the reef at full speed and there is a danger of her breaking up.
ABC reportage is here. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...05/2864013.htm
THe inevitable inquiry will be interesting to find out why this ship was in an off limits area.
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Old 5th April 2010, 01:25
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This ship is way south of Cairns. She is just north of Gladstone.
Two pilots would be the way to go and as for finding people to do it. The job would be whole lot better with two pilots. At the moment they only work one pilot per ship which is too much work load for one person.
Regardless of all this it is quite obvious that with out compulsory pilotage regulations this is what is going to keep on happening.
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Post Battle to stabilise Reef vessel (BBC News)

Australian authorities battle to stabilise a ship aground near the Great Barrier Reef, but say it may take weeks.

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Old 5th April 2010, 05:48
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The latest news report states that 'the ship is showing signs of breaking up'. Let's hope that this is just a bit of journalistic license, but as a rescue operation is predicted to take some weeks, it could well came to pass.
Our esteemed Premier Anna (Captain) Bligh says that the full force of the law would be brought to bear on the company, which could be made to pay $1 million and the ship's captain $220,000. Is she joking? The ship was 15 kilometres off the designated shipping lane.
Maritime authorities have been working on a risk analysis 'for some time' and it includes the possible mandatory use of pilots. Ms Bligh says that the grounding would now bring this issue into focus.
Can't wait to see how quickly our Government acts on this latest debacle.

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Old 5th April 2010, 09:43
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$1m isn't very much to look for. They should be looking for 10 times that at least. If the Chinese won't pay up! Well by my reckoning Australia supplies most of their coal etc. Need I say any more?
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From and copyright of Tradewinds - By Andy Pierce in London
Published: 09:47 GMT, 05 Apr 10

A Chinese bulker aground on the Great Barrier Reef may still break up despite the immediate danger of structural failure passing, Australian authorities say.

The 70,000-dwt Shen Neng 1 (built 1993) has suffered serious damage and salvage experts are battling to stabilise the ship.

Captain Patrick Quirk, general manager at Maritime Safety Queensland, said: "In the current conditions we are reasonably assured....there will be no catastrophic break up of the ship.

"If the weather turned bad it would be another problem."

A hydrostatic plug is preventing oil from escaping the ship’s engine room, but if the vessel is moved too soon the plug could fail, Quirk says.

"We need to assess the vessel's remaining strength before we consider any salvage options which may be available to us," he said, according to the Brisbane Times.

One tug is already in position in an effort to keep the ship in place, while a second is expected on scene shortly.

"With the action of the wind, the tide and the swell the vessel is still rubbing on the reef - it's crabbing across,” Quirk explained.

"As it does that it's obviously doing more damage to itself. One of our aims is to stabilise the vessel, which is easier said than done, but we have competent salvors onboard."

An oil slick up to 3km long has developed around the ship on Douglas Shoals. The site is well outside shipping lanes.

"We will think about laying that boom behind the vessel to be able gather up any oil that may be spilled [during the recovery operation]," Quirk said.

"One of our options we may look at is to remove...all the oil and all the oily water off the ship before attempting to refloat. It is a matter of weeks, not a week."

The Shen Neng 1 is owned by Chinese electricity generator, Shenzhen Energy, but operated by the Sino-Japanese management company, Tosco Keymax International.

As TradeWinds reported this weekend Queensland's combative premier, Anna Bligh, warned the Shen Neng 1's owners faced a fine of up to AUD 1m ($920,000) and the master a fine of AUD 220,000.

The incident has reignited controversy over whether pilotage should be compulsory for vessels navigating near the Great Barrier Reef where there have been several groundings and coral damage incidents.
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Old 5th April 2010, 15:45
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my last ship MV Welsh Minstrel used to load coal at Gladstone for Japan. Where did the Shen Neng 1 load and was she southbound to come down inside the reef before heading North as we did? My last voyage from Gladstone for Japan was in 1973 the start of 1974 was the beginning of most European Company vessels not coming to Australia because of the big increase in insurance rates due to the lack of facilities for incidents just like the current one. I think it's a bloody discgrace that Australia has virtually no maritime industry whatsoever considering it is an island nation dependedent on shipping to send its products and raw materials overseas. We have some of the most short-sighted politicians and business people in the world.
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Old 5th April 2010, 16:54
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This is a good report from

Bow Wave--the marine and transport e-zine.

BowAUSMEPA Urges Scheme Extension

Hot on the heels of the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 comes
this circular from Michael Julian the Executive Director of
the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association
(AUSMEPA).

Grounding of the Shen Neng 1 38 kms East of Great Keppel Island

AUSMEPA, like all other marine environmental organisations
and associations is very concerned at the grounding of the
65,000 tonne coal carrier Shen Neng 1in the pristine waters
in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef and the
potential for environmental harm from the grounding, including
the possible break up of the vessel and the release of the
950 tonnes of bunker oil.

A spill of this magnitude of bunker oil is often far more
serious in terms of the harm it can cause the environment
than the loss of many thousands of tonnes of light crude
oil, carried as cargo in tankers.

While Australia’s National Plan to combat pollution of the
sea was quickly brought into action including aerial chemical
dispersant spraying, we are still to hear of the Salvage
Master’s plan to refloat the vessel and if necessary the
possible transfer of the bunker oil to another vessel.
This will clearly take some time to evaluate.

While a number of uninformed people are jumping to demand
extending further south the current mandatory pilotage
scheme which operates from Cairns to Torres Strait. Firstly
such a requirement would need to be justified and secondly
it would take many years to implement, including obtaining
international approval. At this stage based on many previous
studies this is not warranted in this region of the Great
Barrier Reef where navigation is not sufficiently complex
to require a pilot.

However, a much quicker solution and one which would help
prevent a grounding such as the Shen Neng 1 and one which
serious consideration should be given, is to extend the
Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service,
jointly operated by the Federal and Queensland governments.
This traffic service monitors ships movements through the
Barrier Reef and has the capacity to warn ships if they
get off course. This service was enhanced following
other groundings off Cairns several years ago.

This system has proved successful in avoiding a number
of groundings in the area in which it operates. See:-

http://tinyurl.com/ychcfm8

Unfortunately the current area for this service commences
at latitude 22 Degrees South, which is roughly halfway
between Yeppoon and Mackay, up to Torres Strait, this is
about 120 kms north of where the Shen Neng 1 grounded.

AUSMEPA will closely monitor the ongoing National Plan response
to this incident as well as the investigations by various agencies.

(The ship is entered with the London P&I Club--ed)

JC
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Australia's PM Kevin Rudd says it is "outrageous" that a Chinese ship leaking oil near the Great Barrier Reef was off course.

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Old 6th April 2010, 10:07
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First let me declare an interest - I work for Cosco.

Now I am sure that everyone here knows how to use the Equasis database and won't make the mistake that all Oz pollies seem to be making.

The SHEN NING 1 is NOT A COSCO SHIP.

Cosco bulk carriers have a BLUE funnel with the logo on it and names ending in "-SEA" if in English and "-HAI" if in Chinese (same meaning - "Sea")

The SHEN NING 1 is as correctly stated above owned by Shenzhen Energy, is managed by Toyo Keymax and is NOT ONE OF OURS.

(Mind you, neither was the COSCO BUSAN - they forgot to change the charter name when she redelivered back to Hanjin!!)

(We did manage to collide with the New Orleans Hilton, though! )
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Yes another grounding which is being beaten up by the media, Just cool it and see what the outcome is! So many EXPERTS with NO Experience are consulted by the avaricious media.. Whatever the outcome will be, there has to be a realisation that accidents will occur, be it aviation, road transport or shipping.

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Old 6th April 2010, 11:49
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Well said, Bruce. I see we've got the usual "Jail the Master" outcry, from rather too many people who should know better.
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Andrew

In the Australian newspaper today (in page 3) were the words in 20 mm black bolded letters:

Fatigue cited in reef grounding

In smaller print above were the words: Coal vessel was drastically off course

The article goes on to say Maritime Authorities are focusing on fatigue among senior crew members of the Shen Neng 1 as being a cause of the accident that has left the ship stranded on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators are looking into the pace of the turn around of the vessel in the Queensland port.

The vessel docked in Gladstone late on Friday night loading coal overnight before departing at 1054 on Saturday with a ships pilot who left the ship at 12.59.

They said the ship continued north and was due to turn east to go through a declared channel but appears to have missed the turn.

The salvers are at the moment removing the 950 tonne of HFO from the double bottom tanks before further salvage work goes ahead.

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Old 7th April 2010, 09:27
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Fuel in double bottoms? in this day and age? Where did the double skin system fail?

A thousand tons of HFO can create more environmental damage than the Valdez and the Torry canyon put together; anywhere in the world; let alone on the Barrier reef!

Perhaps this will wake up the Australian marine authorities!
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Two threads on the same subject merged to keep it all together.
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Wikipedia is on the case. Assistance in expanding / improving the articles is welcomd.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Shen_Neng_1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Gr...Reef_oil_spill
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Old 7th April 2010, 11:33
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Wikipedia is on the case. Assistance in expanding / improving the articles is welcomd.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Shen_Neng_1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Gr...Reef_oil_spill
Hello, I read the message you sent me on Wikipedia but I cannot see how to respond to it there so I will do so here.

You asked about "Tradewinds".

"Tradewinds" is a pale blue shipping industry newspaper which is published in Norway and is pretty much owned, if I recall correctly, by Fred Olsen, whom it is always very rude about, so good for him.

Website here:

http://www.tradewinds.no/

I am afraid that if Wikipedia is going to confine itself to web based sources that don't require a log in it is unlikely to become very worthwhile in its coverage of shipping - Equasis does not require any payment (the French taxpayer foots the bill) but it does require a login.

"Lloyds List", "Fairplay" and "Tradewinds" all require payment as they have to live and their specialist nature means that they cannot live off advertising as free sheets.
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Alastair - thanks for that reference .

Looking at the chart, it does very much look as if she failed to make the turn, and fatigue looks like the most likely culprit.

Do we have an indication of the time when she missed the a/c point? I am idly wondering whose watch it was; I can recall another case (CNCo ship)* where the Mate who had been doing cargo all day dozed off and missed the a/c point - slept through the alarm.

I assume, perhaps wrongly, that as a power station owned ship she is a regular trader - can any Australians cast light on this?

* I seem to have spent my entire career with Anna Bligh's greatest villains!

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