Douglas Shoal environmental remediation project

Douglas Shoal procurement

The Authority on 16 July 2020 released an Expression of Interest for ATM000020 – Douglas Shoal Remediation Project Remediation Contractor on AusTender. The closing date and time for Expressions of Interest is 2pm (AEST), Thursday 10 September 2020.

The Expressions of Interest is the first of the two-stage procurement process for the remediation of Douglas Shoal comprising:

  • the current Expressions of Interest: through the Expressions of Interest process, the Authority expects to, amongst other things, develop a shortlist of entities to be invited to participate in the second stage of the procurement process (being, the Request for Proposals stage); and
  • a Request for Proposals: it is anticipated that shortlisted entities from the Expression of Interest process will be invited to submit a proposal to the Authority. The Request for Proposals process may be interactive, and the Authority may require Request for Proposals participants to engage with the Authority throughout the Request for Proposals process. The Request for Proposals process is anticipated to commence in late 2020.

Importantly, at the same time as release of the EOI, the Authority has also developed and released the Douglas Shoal Remediation Project Data Hub.  The Data Hub has been developed to support potential suppliers in accessing relevant spatial data to aid in the development of proposals. It will also assist a range of stakeholders in gaining an insight into the impact of the Douglas Shoal grounding and the projects’ scope and remediation requirements. The release of this Expression of Interest is an important milestone in the journey to remediate Douglas Shoal.

All of our open tenders are advertised on Austender. If you have not already registered with Austender we encourage you to register to ensure that you are aware of future relevant Australian Government procurement opportunities.

The incident

When coal carrier Shen Neng 1 ran aground in April 2010, it caused extensive damage to Douglas Shoal. With an impact area of more than 40 hectares,  the site bears the largest ship grounding scar known in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and possibly the largest reef-related impact in the world.

Remediation of Douglas Shoal

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority negotiated an out-of-court settlement with the owners and insurers of Shen Neng 1.

The Marine Park Authority was awarded $35 million to clean up the site.

The project will address:

  • Contamination caused by the ship’s anti-fouling paint
  • Rubble created as the ship ground across the shoal
  • The flattening of the shoal’s natural bumps and crevices that are habitat for plants and animals.

Planning is underway, with clean-up works expected in 2021 and 2022. These timeframes may change, depending on the outcomes of the planning process.

Difficult sea conditions frequently experienced at Douglas Shoal mean the clean-up must be carefully planned, for the safety of workers and for the protection of the environment. Even after the clean-up is finished, it may take many decades for the shoal to fully recover.

The location

Douglas Shoal is located about 90 kilometres  northeast of Gladstone and 45 kilometres northwest of Heron Island, in the sea country of the Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Byellee and Tarebilang Bunda people.

It is a large, flat-topped shoal that supports abundant fish life and protected species such as sea snakes and marine turtles. Undamaged parts of the shoal are covered by a variety of algae mixed with soft and hard corals.

Traditional Owner participation

Sea rangers from Gidarjil Development Corporation have been supporting project activities. This ensures the project understands and respects the Traditional Owner values of the area. A core objective of the project is to contribute to meaningful opportunities for Traditional Owner participation.

Douglas Shoal cleanup

The cleanup commences at Douglas Shoal - September 2019

Documents and reports

All of our published documents and reports about the Shen Neng 1 grounding can be found online.

Project contacts

We encourage potential suppliers to keep updated on future opportunities through AusTender.

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