Friday, July 10, 2009

Freighter Freed After Being Stuck On Great Barrier Reef

This is the first picture of the ship which ran aground on Inset Reef, 600km north of Cairns. The Sattha, now anchored at Horn Island and under investigation by Marine Safety Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, was stranded on the reef for about 24 hours before a high tide managed to free it last weekend. Mystery surrounds the reasons why the 40m-long, ex-coastal freighter is under investigation with MSQ again declining to provide details when contacted by reporters.
The Sattha, stuck on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns last weekend.
It is understood the boat was involved in a near collision after it was freed from the reef and steamed toward Horn Island. The ship left Cairns bound for Papua New Guinea late last week but ran aground on Inset Reef, near Piper Reef about 600km north of Cairns on Saturday afternoon. The boat’s crew managed to free it from the reef on Sunday but it is now anchored at Horn Island. A GBRMPA spokeswoman confirmed the agency was looking at possible damage caused to Inset Reef by the grounding.

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