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The num­ber of com­mer­cial ves­sels that are ex­pected to pass through the reef in 2020, up from about 4 000 in 2012, ac­cord­ing to the Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Author­ity. The num­ber is ex­pected to rise to 10 000 in 2032. More ships pass­ing through the reef will mean greater chances of ac­ci­dents and ground­ings, oil or chem­i­cal spills, and dam­age from the drop­ping of an­chors. Ships some­times also dis­charge harm­ful waste, cause pol­lu­tion through il­le­gal dump­ing, and in­tro­duce in­va­sive species. More traf­fic also in­creases the risk of wildlife ship strikes, and the noise ships make can cause hear­ing loss in marine species, as well as the dis­place­ment and the strand­ing of such an­i­mals. Since 1993, there have been at least five ves­sel col­li­sions and nine ground­ings by pi­loted ships in the Great Bar­rier Reef.

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