Sydney: A southern Chinese power company is being sued by the Australian federal government over the grounding of a bulk carrier on the Great Barrier Reef five years ago. The government says Shenzhen Energy has refused to stump up the full costs for the damage caused by the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 (built 1993; 70,181 dwt) in April 2010, which damaged about 400,000 sq m of the shoal.
The ship was more than 10 km outside the shipping lane, carrying 65,000 tons of coal, when it struck the reef late in the afternoon of April 3, scraping along the reef for a considerable distance and creating the longest known grounding scar on the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chief executive Russell Reichelt said the government now had “no alternative but to take legal action” after years of negotiations with Shenzhen Energy have failed to come to an agreement.
A trial has been listed for 15 days of hearings in the Federal Court in April next year.
Shen Neng 1 has since been renamed Jia Yong.