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At approximately 0730 this morning a Malaysian flag, 24 000 tonne container vessel 'Bunga Teratai Satu' ran aground on Sudbury Reef south-east of Cairns in the Great Barrier Reef marine park. The ship was en route from Singapore to Sydney.

The ship was not in the compulsory pilotage area of the inner-route of the Great Barrier Reef and so there was no marine pilot on board at the time of the incident.

The Cairns Regional Harbour Master's office is currently assessing the damage to the ship.

There are no reports of pollution.

The ATSB is sending two investigators to Cairns to investigate this incident.

Media contact: Peter Saint B: (02) 6274 6590, M: (0408) 497 016
 
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Last update 01 April 2011