MSQ has plans to re­move the Magic

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

EVER since the Whit­sun­day Magic ran aground in 2014, de­bate has raged about her fate.

Mar­itime Safety Queens­land how­ever re­mains adamant the wreck has to go and will soon call for ten­ders to re­move the iconic tall ship from the wa­ters of Pi­o­neer Bay.

Mean­while the for­mer Ja­panese re­search ves­sel, the Tateyama Maru, wrecked off Glouces­ter Is­land when Cy­clone Deb­bie hit the Whit­sun­day coast, has also been slated for re­moval by the ten­der­win­ning sal­vage com­pany.

Owner of the ves­sel, Partick von Stieglitz, said he had been ne­go­ti­at­ing a trans­fer of own­er­ship con­tract but it had not yet been fi­nalised.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said.

“They sent me a con­tract and it went back and they sent it again and I sent it back.”

A spokesper­son for MSQ said 80 of the 97 ves­sels wrecked by Cy­clone Deb­bie had now been re­moved.

Two ves­sels that re­main high and dry in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie in­clude the 207 tonne for­mer Royal Aus­tralian Navy ves­sel, the MV Banks, and the for­mer Cairns Po­lice launch, the Yar­ran.

The MV Banks lies off Cid Is­land and the Yar­ran has been pushed up into the man­groves at Shute Bay.

“Mar­itime Safety Queens­land will lead re­moval of pol­lu­tants from the MV Banks to min­imise any short-term risk to the na­tional park,” MSQ said.

PHOTO: PE­TER CARRUTHERS

MA­RINE ICON: MSQ will soon call for ten­ders to re­move the Whit­sun­day Magic from Pi­o­neer Bay.

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