Shen Neng 1: ATSB cites bridge practices

At 1700 the first mate, Xuegang Wang, took the ship's position coordinates from the GPS to plot its position. It was at this stage that he took out chart Aus 820 from the chart drawer. At this time he realized that the ship was past the amended alteration point and was very close to Douglas Shoal.

He attempted to alter course at the last minute but this action was too late and shortly thereafter the ship grounded at a speed of about 12 knots.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau Police The Australian

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