Grounding of ship

To: "REID Colin" <>
Subject: Grounding of ship
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 09:56:49 +1000

You are correct that the majority of the "spill" was probably mud and sand
but if you saw the TV and looked closely at the colour photo, there was,
what looked like, a faint oil slick off the bow of the vessel.

The other point is that the area is a known dugong feeding area.  Surely the
sand and mud that was stirred up would cover some of the sea grass growing
in the area.  Wouldn't that have an effect on the dugong?  What about any
anti-fouling paint that may have been "ground" off the bottom of the ship?
I thought that this could be toxic to marine plant life.

Terry Pacey

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