MSQ takes action on wreck pollutants
A PETITION calling on the State Government to rid the Whitsundays of the infamous wreck the Tateyama Maru was tabled in the State Parliament yesterday.
A total of 219 signatories put their name to the petition, which called on the State Government to remove the 35m ship from its resting place on Gloucester Island following Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Last week the ship contained three tonnes of oil that threatened to spill into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
A spokesperson for MSQ updated the progress.
“A marine contractor engaged by MSQ expects to have completed removal of remaining pollutants from the vessel in coming days,” the Transport and Main Roads representative said.
“Our priority remains to ensure the vessel is fully prepared and structurally sound for removal and relocation to an acceptable site.”
A groundswell of community support in favour of turning the wreck into a dive site has drawn little support from authorities, though owner of the ship Patrick von Stieglitz said Little Beach at Shute Harbour would be the ideal place to prepare the wreck for sinking.
MSQ said the issue of cost recovery was still “under discussion”.
WRECKED: The Tateyama Maru Gloucester Island. lies beached on