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.
The clean-up is expected to be completed by 2022.
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.
Documents and reports
All of our published documents and reports about the Shen Neng 1 grounding can be found online.