Oil spill sparks Queensland investigation

Authorities in Queensland are accessing vessel traffic systems to try and pinpoint which ship transiting near Fraser Island has been responsible for a 50 km oil slick washing up on the shores of the World Heritage-listed site.

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) is compiling a list of vessels known to have been in the area in the past few days.

Maximum fines associated with oil spills in Queensland stand at A$11.78m ($9.05m), plus a further A$17m from the federal government.


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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