Chinese coal carrier damaged the great barrier reef of Australia

A Chinese coal carrier rocked back and forth over a section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef after running aground, inflicting a gash 2 miles (3 kilometers) long into a shoal that will take 20 years to heal. A leading marine scientist called it the worst damage he's ever seen to the world's largest coral reef.

The Shen Neng 1 veered into protected waters and ran aground on Douglas Shoal on April 3, immediately leaking 2-3 tons of fuel when coral shredded its hull.

The 755-foot (230-meter) ship was successfully lifted off the reef Monday after crews spent three days pumping fuel to lighten it. Salvage crews later towed it to an anchorage area near Great Keppel Island, 40 nautical miles (45 miles, 70 kilometers) away.

Its refloating left a scar 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) long and up to 820 feet (250 meters) wide.

"There is more damage to this reef than I have ever seen in any previous Great Barrier Reef groundings," scientist David Wachenfeld told reporters Tuesday.

The oil that first leaked from the hull was quickly dispersed by chemical sprays and is believed to have caused little or no damage. Small amounts of oil, however, have begun washing up on beaches near where the ship ran aground, according to Maritime Safety Queensland.

In some areas, "all marine life has been completely flattened and the structure of the shoal has been pulverized by the weight of the vessel," Wachenfeld said, speaking of the fragile coral and the plants and fish that may have inhabited the area.- Y!

The company's chief of shipping and development, Hu Wei said in a statement that they were sorry and have vowed to work closely with investigators and maritime authorities.

"The vessel did not alter course to the east to go through the passage as planned, and as a consequence the vessel ran aground on Douglas Shoal," he said.

This idiots were reported to have made an an illegal route shortcut that's why the ship ran aground. What's new anyway? They only think of themselves...let them drown from that ship's friggin oil.

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