A coal-carrying ship that ran aground late on Saturday on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was on Sunday leaking oil and in danger of breaking apart, officials said on Sunday.
The Chinese coal carrier Shen Neng-I ran aground late on Saturday on Douglas Shoals, a favourite pristine haunt for recreational fishing, east of the Great Keppel Island tourist resort, which lies off the coast of Queensland state in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off northeast Australia.
Authorities fear an oil spill will damage the world’s largest coral reef, listed as a World Heritage site for its environmental value.
The ship hit the reef at full speed, nine miles (15 kilometres) outside the shipping lane, Queensland State Premier Anna Bligh said. Read full story from publisher