Three Charged Over Oil Spill in Brisbane River

The owner, master and chief engineer of a ship have been charged over an oil spill in the Brisbane River.

The three charged over the oil spill under the Transport Operations Marine Safety Act 1995 and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, Maritime Safety Queensland says.

The GL Lan Xiu, which was bound for Japan carrying 2000 head of livestock, was being refuelled by the Valiant III when the spill occurred at 6.45am (AEST) on Monday.

It took less than two minutes for five tonnes of oil to spew into the Brisbane River.
Under the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act, individuals can be fined up to $500,000 and corporations can be fined up to $10 million.

Reported by the Courier Mail

Reported in Safety4SEa

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