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