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Taiwanese captain in court over Great Barrier Reef transit

Newcastle: The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Taiwanese vessel carrying coal for sailing through part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot. The captain faces a fine of up to A$85,000.

A court case has started in Newcastle today. On January 1, allegedly the China Steel Developer sailed through Hydrographers Passage, a deepwater channel near Creal Reef off Mackay, without a pilot as required under law.

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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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