22 Apr 2010

Refloated coal ship approaches port

6:31 pm on 22 April 2010

A Chinese bulk carrier that ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef on Easter Saturday is preparing to dock at Gladstone in central Queensland.

Marine pilots are boarding the Shen Neng 1 and authorities say the ship is estimated to dock at the Port of Gladstone about 12pm local time on Thursday.

The ABC reports the ship is being towed from Barren Island where it has been at safe anchor since it was refloated and moved from Douglas Shoal, east of Rockhampton, last week.

Maritime Safety Queensland says the bulk carrier is no longer leaking oil.