A Hong-Kong flagged cargo ship ‘ID Integrity’ has broken down north of Cairns and is drifting towards the World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef – this is a cause for alarm as reported in canada.com dated 19th of May 2012.
As per information available with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the ship faced engine breakdown while coming from Shanghai and its crew is trying to repair the defect.
However, in case it runs aground in the World Heritage Site, it would mean damages to the varied and exquisite marine life that lives in the waters of the world’s largest coral reef.
An emergency ship the Pacific Responder has been sent to the Coral Sea to tow the defective ship back but in case of delays, the cargo ship could run aground into the GBR.
The AMSA is maintaining a vigil and continuously monitoring the position of the cargo ship.
In 2010, a Chinese coal carrier leaked tonnes of heavy fuel oil in the GBR after it got stranded – it created a sort of ecological disaster. The vessel had remained stranded for nine days and had kept n leaking oil.