Maritime Safety Queensland continues oil spill response

Hamilton Reach, Brisbane
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The operation to clean up an oil spill from a ship refuelling incident at Hamilton Wharves on Brisbane River Monday 23 January is continuing with trucks using vacuum hoses to pump oil directly from the spill site to wharfside.

Maritime Safety Queensland Acting General Manager, Jim Huggett, said the truck pumping operation was in addition to clean-up operations already under way in the river.

'We have two containment booms in place to prevent the fuel spreading while an oil skimmer vessel collects oil from the water surface,' Mr Huggett said.

The oil was lost during the refuelling of a cargo ship, the GL Lan Xiu, by a refuelling vessel, the Valiant III, at Hamilton Number 4 Wharf about 6.45 this morning.

'The incoming tide carried some oil sheen upstream as a far as far as Breakfast Creek but as the tide turns our aim is to prevent oil affecting areas downstream such as environmentally sensitive mangroves,' Mr Huggett said.

'A third and fourth boom are being placed downstream to protect these areas.'

'We have highly experience personnel working on this incident and they are being supported by additional Maritime Safety Queensland teams from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.'

'Maritime Safety Queensland is investigating the circumstances of the spill but at this stage our priority remains to contain the oil and clean it up soon as possible,' Mr Huggett said.

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