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Shipping company fined for polluting Great Barrier Reef

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A foreign shipping company and the chief officer of one of its vessels has been fined thousands of dollars for dumping garbage into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says crew onboard a Liberian-flagged bulk carrier dumped the equivalent of a 120-litre household bin full of food waste into protected waters, about 24 kilometres south east of Lady Elliot Island.

The carrier, Iron Gate, was on a voyage between Brisbane and Gladstone in 2018, when the chief officer gave approval to throw the rubbish overboard. 

Under protection laws, food waste cannot be dumped within 22 kilometres of the boundary of the marine park.

The shipping company and the ship’s chief officer have collectively been…



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