Ves­sel re­mains on the har­bour rocks

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IT HAS been two months since Cy­clone Deb­bie crossed the Whit­sun­day coast and Cid Har­bour is still the home of a mas­sive ves­sel washed up against the shore.

The MV Banks Ul­ladulla has been brought to the at­ten­tion of Mar­itime Safety Queens­land.

A De­part­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port spokesper­son said last week that weather con­di­tions looked favourable for a likely sal­vage mission last week­end, how­ever this did not even­tu­ate.

The spokesper­son said dis­cus­sions were con­tin­u­ing with the owner of the MV Banks Ul­ladulla to ar­range a sal­vage mission but there was no spe­cific time­line set for the job at this stage.

“(The boat) is still there and the owner is al­ways re­spon­si­ble for the sal­vage job,” the spokesper­son said.

“We are still work­ing with him and hav­ing dis­cus­sions to ful­fil that re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The spokesper­son said the im­po­si­tion of a fine was not yet be­ing con­sid­ered by MSQ.

The MV Banks Ul­ladulla is un­der­stood to not pose any haz­ard to navigation or pol­lu­tion risk to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The owner has en­gaged a salvor to un­dergo the task when it is pos­si­ble to do so.

STILL THERE: The MV Banks Ul­ladulla ves­sel re­mains stranded at Cid Har­bour.

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