shen neng 1: no marine pilot 15 miles off course
The 17-year-old coal carrier ran aground at full speed while up to 15 nautical miles off course – about 120km east of Rockhampton on the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
"The cost of engaging a marine pilot for the length of the reef is a mere $8,000-$10,000 according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. the master of the ship felt it was safe for the crew to remain on board at this stage. The Cosco Group could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
"Considering the current weather conditions the master is happy for the crew to remain on board for now,"