MSQ takes ac­tion on wreck pol­lu­tants

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

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”.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

WRECKED: The Tateyama Maru Glouces­ter Is­land. lies beached on

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