Full cost of oil clean-up unknown

CLEAN-up efforts were praised yesterday but the full impact of the Gladstone Harbour oil spill is yet to present itself.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucus visited Gladstone yesterday to inspect the oil spill and lauded the efforts of the clean-up operation.

'The results are absolutely excellent,' Mr Lucus said.

While 12 tonnes of oil waste has been removed from the harbour, about 13 tonnes remains, coating mangroves and dispersing around the harbour.

Korean coal carrier Global Peace spilled 25 tonnes into the harbour on Tuesday after its hull was ruptured by tugboat Tom Tough.

Global Peace has undertaken to spend $5 million on the clean-up.

The coal carrier was moved last night to a berth at Auckland Point where the damage to its hull will be repaired.

Global Peace will return to the coal wharf after the repairs are completed to take on cargo before sailing.

The ship's delay at the wharf has resulted in minor delays to other ships that were waiting to berth.

There are about 15 ships waiting outside the harbour to berth.

The delays were estimated to be between 12 hours and two days.

While costs could not be calculated until the delay had been realised, it was estimated to be at least in the tens of thousands.

Spinnaker Park will reopen to the public tomorrow although the beach will remain closed.

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