Gladstone port ranked third in the state for oil spills

GLADSTONE port ranks third in the state for the most number of oil spills according to Queensland government records.

Heavy fuel oil, diesel, other oils and hydraulic fluids have been spilled 879 times into Queensland ports and coastal waters since 2002, of which Gladstone had 18.2%.

That is more than once-a-week in 2014-15 (86 times), although the quantities range from very small to very large, Brisbane Times is reporting.

Those 2014-15 spills range from 1000 litres of diesel from Graincorp Terminals at Port of Brisbane, an unknown quantity of oily bilge water off famous Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, down to one litre of diesel off Heron Island.

The surprising fact about the "open-data" information, which is collated by Maritime Safety Queensland, is how little is known about the quantities that are spilled.

Read more at Brisbane Times, here



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