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Captain fined for illegal Great Barrier Reef transit

Sydney: The master of a Taiwanese bulker has been fined several thousand dollars, after entering a no go zone in the Great Barrier Reef without a pilot on board.

Newcastle Court heard Chih-Ming Lu was at the helm of the China Steel Developer when it entered a compulsory pilotage area in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on January 1.

Lu was fined A$8,000.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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