Vessel prosecution for discarding food waste in marine park

By Accidents

Dumping food waste of course is not permitted in the area of the Great Barrier Reef.
In the Townsville Magistrates Court on 30 April 2012 the captain and owners of the Antigua & Barbuda bulk carrier Pantanal each pleaded guilty of dumping food waste in a in area where is not permitted of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The result of the prosecution was fruitful of an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) inspection into the incident which happened on 8 July 2011.
The judge found that there was enough evidence to discover that the Pantanal was the source of the waste and that the situation involved a breach of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships). Further constraints on the discharge of garbage from vessels at sea will start from 1 July 2013.
The ship's Captain was fined $500 while the fine of the owner was $5000.
AMSA is created to guarantee that the disposal of waste at sea meets the prescribed requirements and will follow up breaches of the Act to the full extent of the law.