Sydney: A Chinese ship captain and a chief
officer have been arrested and charged with causing damage to
the Great Barrier Reef, more than a week after their coal
carrier ran aground, leaking oil and tearing a two-mile gash
in the protected area.
The Australian Federal Police said the master of the
vessel and the chief officer on watch during the April 3
grounding would appear in court tomorrow.
The 47-year-old master is charged with liability for
damage, and faces a maximum fine of USD 51,200.
The 44-year-old chief officer is accused of being in
charge of the vessel during the grounding, and faces up to
three years in prison.