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Australian police arrest Shen Neng 1 master and watch officer

Gladstone: The master and chief officer-on-watch of the Shen Neng 1, that ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, have been arrested. The Australian Federal Police said the arrests followed a joint investigation along with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Investigations showed that the Shen Neng 1 failed to turn at a waypoint required by the intended course of the ship The two seafarers will appear in Gladstone Court tomorrow where it will be alleged in court that the men were the master and chief officer-on-watch of the vessel that caused damage to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The master, a 47-year old Chinese national, faces a fine of up to A$55,000 if found guilty, while the watch officer, a 44-year old Chinese national faces a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison and/or a $220,000 fine. [15/04/10]

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