News

Shipping company fined $20k for dumping garbage

GOTCHA: The Chinese company owning bulk carrier Xin Tai Hai and the ship’s master were fined for dumping garbage at sea.
GOTCHA: The Chinese company owning bulk carrier Xin Tai Hai and the ship’s master were fined for dumping garbage at sea. Contributed

A CHINESE shipping company has been fined $20,000 for illegally dumping garbage near Gladstone last year.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has prosecuted China Earth Shipping Incorporated - the owner of bulker Xin Tai Hai - and the ship's master for discharging garbage in June 2013.

Maritime Union of Australia Gladstone's Jason Miners said he was "happy" AMSA followed through with prosecution and delivered the fine.

But he said: "In reality this kind of stuff goes on every day and nothing happens because it's too hard to find evidence of wrongdoing."

"In this instance a fisherman was in the right place at the right time," he said.

The company and the ship's master entered guilty pleas in Townsville Magistrate's Court last week.

Charges were laid as a result of an investigation by AMSA under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act.

AMSA ship safety division general manager Allan Schwartz said - in line with international conventions - Australia did not tolerate ships dumping garbage in the ocean.

"Shipowners and their masters need to understand these incidents are investigated and (can) lead to prosecution," Mr Schwartz said.

"These regulations exist to ensure sensitive sea areas such as the Great Barrier Reef are protected."

A statement released by AMSA said a local fisherman had reported seeing a number of plastic bags of dumped rubbish on June 13 last year.

AMSA identified Xin Tai Hai as the potential source of the pollution through the Vessel Traffic Service in Gladstone, which tracks vessels transiting through the area after the report was received by the Gladstone Volunteer Marine Service.

An AMSA surveyor boarded the ship berthed in Gladstone and the investigation found similar items to those found in the ocean.

As well as the $20,000 fine to the company, the ship's master was also fined $6000 for illegally discharging the garbage and failing to record it in the garbage record book.

Topics:  crime gladstone harbour maritime safety shipping



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

$700K Gladstone project will open next week

The proposed Pump Track at Memorial Park in Gladstone.

Start date for Gladstone pump-track announced.

$21.7 billion Carmichael coal, rail wins final nod

The Premier will be visiting Townsville to announce 'good news'

Application approved for rail into Abbot Point and temporary camp

Gladstone doctor: Why you need to know the signs of a stroke

Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone.



Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer

"The brain is a big computer and if part of your brain stops working

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

THE State must act if Santos won't says Cr Paul Tully.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!