Likely sal­vage mis­sion set for the week­end

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

ONE more ves­sel is on the verge of be­ing sal­vaged.

The MV Banks Ul­ladulla (pic­tured) washed up on the rocks at Cid Har­bour has caught the at­ten­tion of Mar­itime Safety Queens­land.

A Depart­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port spokesper­son said an op­por­tu­nity for the owner to re­move the ves­sel was set to oc­cur in com­ing days.

“We have been closely mon­i­tor­ing the ves­sel to en­sure it poses no pol­lu­tion risk or haz­ard to nav­i­ga­tion,” the spokesper­son said.

“Sal­vage of ves­sels is al­ways the owner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The owner has en­gaged a salvor who has ad­vised it is an­tic­i­pated the ves­sel will be re-floated by (the) week­end de­pen­dent on pre­vail­ing con­di­tions.”

A pre­cise sal­vage date and time is not yet known.

This fol­lows the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the Tateyama Maru washed up at Bona Bay on Glouces­ter Is­land.

The boat had three tonnes of oil on board and led to the cir­cu­la­tion of a pe­ti­tion which Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan tabled in the Queens­land Par­lia­ment.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SAL­VAGE JOB: A boat washed up at Cid Har­bour is set to be re­moved in com­ing days.

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