$90m for Bar­rier Reef clean-up

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The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment told a court yes­ter­day that it was seek­ing at least $90 mil­lion from the own­ers of a Chi­nese coal ship that dam­aged part of the Great Bar­rier Reef. Shen­zhen En­ergy Trans­port was fight­ing the clean-up bill in the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Court for Dou­glas Shoal, which was dam­aged when the Shen Neng 1 went off course and grounded in April 2010. The Fed­eral Court heard that the crash site was con­tam­i­nated with hun­dreds of kilo­grams of paint par­ti­cles tainted with trib­utyltin, a highly-toxic anti-foul­ing agent. Trib­utyltin slows the growth of aquatic or­gan­isms on ship hulls, and marine bi­ol­o­gists say the par­ti­cles need to be re­moved from the 100-acre crash site to al­low the area to re­cover. The car­rier’s owner says the reef is self­heal­ing and the com­pany should not have to pay for a clean-up that was not needed. It also dis­putes the test­ing meth­ods that led to the de­tec­tion of trib­utyltin in the area. Shen­zhen En­ergy Trans­port’s mar­itime in­surer, Lon­don P&I Club, said the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment’s es­ti­mated costs of fix­ing the reef were un­re­al­is­tic. Mil­i­tants stormed a build­ing hous­ing an in­ter­na­tional aid or­gan­i­sa­tion in Kabul, pro­vok­ing an overnight fire­fight with se­cu­rity forces in which three gun­men and one civil­ian were killed. The at­tack took place a day af­ter twin bomb­ings near the Afghan De­fence Min­istry killed at least 24 peo­ple and wounded more than 90 others. Po­lice spe­cial forces killed all three gun­men in­volved in an overnight at­tack in the Share Naw dis­trict of the Afghan cap­i­tal, Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan in­te­rior min­is­ter said. One civil­ian was killed and six others were wounded as a re­sult of the at­tack. An In­te­rior Min­istry state­ment said that a sui­cide car bomb­ing struck close to a build­ing be­long­ing to the char­ity CARE In­ter­na­tional in Shar-e Naw on Mon­day night.

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