Pacific Adventurer oil spill: lessons past and future

White, Michael (2013) Pacific Adventurer oil spill: lessons past and future. Australian Law Journal, 87 5: 320-330.

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Author White, Michael
Title Pacific Adventurer oil spill: lessons past and future
Journal name Australian Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9611
Publication date 2013-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 87
Issue 5
Start page 320
End page 330
Total pages 11
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2009, MV Pacific Adventurer lost containers over the side in a severe storm off the southern Queensland coast. Some containers punctured the ship's hull thereby releasing a considerable quantity of oil that washed on to the nearby Australian coastline. The court and other proceedings that followed continued until 2012 and are the only recent example of a significant maritime oil spill from a ship in Australia that went through the full legal procedures. These provide a suitable precedent for courts and practitioners who may be involved in a similar incident in the future. This article traces the shipping incident and the court proceedings and sets out the law as it then was and now is. It concludes by making some suggestions for future handling of similar incidents. The legislation discussed here was particular to this incident but it is similar to that in all of the States and the Northern Territory and to the Commonwealth legislation so it has parallels Australia-wide.
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