Shen Neng 1 report tabled

A REVIEW of the Shen Neng 1 bulk carrier grounding on the Great Barrier Reef has highlighted flaws in the State Government's disaster response, according to the LNP.

But the government has hit back, saying the report concluded its response was well- resourced and executed.

LNP shadow transport minister Fiona Simpson said the review showed the government “sat on their hands” for more than a year.

“Maritime Safety Queensland is supposed to be the lead agency in the time of an oil spill, but the report indicates that joint arrangements still had not been formalised and local governments lacked sufficient guidance on their role in the disaster,” she said.

“Quite simply, this is not good enough.”

But Transport Minister Rachel Nolan, who tabled the report in parliament yesterday, said the report by independent consultant Graham Miller contained favourable findings and important lessons.

“Queenslanders can be proud of how they worked together to avert a more serious environmental crisis and the independent review of the response confirms that our response was timely and effective,” Ms Nolan said.

The 230-metre, fully laden bulk coal carrier, Shen Neng 1 ran aground on Douglas Shoal about 5pm on April 3. It was salvaged, lightened of coal and towed out of waters off Bundaberg in May.

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