FOC ships have AMCS concerned

FOC ships have AMCS concerned

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has expressed grave concerns after reports that the new massive gas ships taking LNG from Gladstone in the Great Barrier Reef are operating under ‘flags of convenience’.

The first consignment of liquefied natural gas was transported out of Gladstone last week aboard the Methane Rita Andrea, a flag of convenience ship registered in Bermuda.

“Unfortunately flag of convenience ships are notorious for breaching safety and environmental codes internationally,” said Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director.

She added that here are already 4,000 ships crossing the Reef every year, and it is expected the number will rise to around 7,000 if all the proposed port expansions proceed.

“It only takes one of those ships to have an accident to cause irreparable damage to the Reef and the $6 billion tourism industry that relies on it,” says Wishart, adding, “Now we have the added risk of massive LNG ships loaded with highly dangerous cargo from Gladstone moving in the same waters as massive coal ships.”

She urged the government to introduce additional protections to minimise the risk of ship collisions, spills and groundings. That means limiting the number of ships, having them operate to the highest standards, a ban on ships with a record of unsafe seamanship and compulsory pilotage in Reef waters.

She added that the Shen Neng 1 grounding is a reminder of what a shipping accident can do to the Reef that still has not fully recovered from it, three years later.

“Both the Queensland and Australian governments should think twice about their plans to see major port expansions from Gladstone all the way to Cape York. We have to ask ourselves do we really need more ports, more dredging and dumping and more shipping among the unique corals and breeding grounds of the Reef,” Wishart said.

Press Release; Image: AMCS

Share this article

Follow LNG World News

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

The 6th CWC China LNG & Gas International Exhibition & Summit

Following on from LNG 2019 and five successful editions in Beijing, the established China LNG & Gas International Exhibition & Summit…

read more >

LNG Pricing, Trading & Hedging: 3-Day Training Course – Singapore / Jan 2019

This three-day training program provides a unique opportunity to learn and apply the practical skills, knowledge and tools needed to:…

read more >

American LNG Forum 2020

The American LNG Forum is your gateway to learning about the US LNG export industry,

read more >

2nd Global LNG Forum

Global LNG Forum is an exclusive networking and knowledge-sharing platform for top experts and business leaders in the industry.

read more >