The chinese bulk carrier which ran aground off Queensland has been refloated and towed to port.
And aside from leaking oil, there is now another threat to the environment:
“One of the things about these ships is that they have got what they call anti-fouling paint on their hull which stops barnacles growing on the ship, but it also prevents marine life from growing. So they are going to have to get out there and get this paint off the reef, or it will kill the reef.” said State Transport Minister Rachel Nolan.
The Australian authorities say the 230 metre vessel ran aground after taking an illegal shortcut 70 kilometres off the coast of Queensland.
A review of shipping regulations in the area is underway.
The incident has caused widespread damage to the reef.
Divers have found coral damage and paint scrapings over more than a kilometre.
The clean-up is likely to be the biggest operation ever at the world heritage-listed site.