20 Oct 2011

Oil spill fears off Australia's Lord Howe Island

10:30 am on 20 October 2011

Investigations are under way into the grounding of a supply ship carrying 20 tonnes of marine diesel fuel in the lagoon of Australia's world heritage-listed Lord Howe Island.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a marine investigator is to inspect the MV Island Trader, which ran aground on Monday.

The MV Island Trader, which has the monopoly on the route carrying food and fuel to the island from Port Macquarie, hit a sandbank after unloading its cargo on Lord Howe Island.

The Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon says she warned the state government seven years ago that the operations of the ship were an accident waiting to happen.

Ms Rhiannon says the state government has for too long got away with lax arrangements for this shipping service.