MV Shen Neng 1 aground on the Great Barrier Reef and oil spill, April 2010
Shen Neng 1 (2007-2012)
|Owner:||Scinicariello Ship Management (1993-2007)
Shenzhen Energy (2007-present)
|Port of registry:|| China (2007-present)
|Builder:||Sanoyas Hishino Meisho|
|Identification:||Call sign: BXAN
IMO number: 9040871
MMSI number: 413461550
|Length:||225 m (738 ft) overall
217 m (712 ft) between perpendiculars
|Beam:||32.66 m (107 ft 2 in)|
|Height:||41.68 m (136 ft 9 in)|
|Draught:||13.29 m (43 ft 7 in)|
|Installed power:||Sulzer 2SA 6RTA62 diesel engine|
|Propulsion:||1 x screw propeller|
|Speed:||13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)|
Jia Yong, formerly MV Shen Neng 1 (simplified Chinese: 深能一号; traditional Chinese: 深能一號; pinyin: shén néng yī hào) is a Chinese bulk carrier built in 1993 as Bestore. She was sold in 2007 and renamed Shen Neng 1. In 2010, she ran aground off Great Keppel Island, Australia spilling oil into Great Barrier Reef waters.
She was built as Bestore by Sanoyas Hishino Meisho in 1993 at 225 m (738 ft) long overall, with a beam of 32.66 metres (107 ft 2 in) and a draught of 13.29 metres (43 ft 7 in). Her air draught is 41.68 m (136.7 ft). The ship is powered by a 2-stroke Single Action 6-cylinder Sulzer 6RTA62 diesel engine driving a single screw propeller. The engine can propel her at 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph).
Bestore was owned by Scinicariello Ship Management, Italy. She was sold for US$34 million in 2007, and was renamed as Shen Neng 1, meaning "Shenzhen Energy" in Chinese, when sold to Shenzhen Energy in 2007. Her callsign is BXAN. She was allocated IMO number 9040871, and the MMSI 413461550. The ship is owned by Shenzhen Energy Transportation Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy, whose logo appears on her funnel, and is managed by TOSCO‐KEYMAX International Ship Management Co. Ltd , a Sino-Japanese joint venture, and carries a crew of 23.
Great Barrier Reef grounding
On 3 April 2010, Shen Neng 1 was transiting from Gladstone, Queensland to China carrying a cargo of 65,000 tonnes of coal, she ran aground 70 kilometres (38 nmi) off Great Keppel Island, Australia at geographic coordinates . At the time of the grounding, Shen Neng 1 was reported to have been travelling at full speed. She was severely damaged on her port side, and a 3 kilometres (1.6 nmi) long oil slick was later reported to have been seen. The ship's engine and rudder were damaged in the grounding. The ship went aground 5.8 nmi (10.7 km; 6.7 mi) outside the shipping lane.  It is in a restricted area which forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO.
As a result of the grounding, the fuel tanks of the vessel were punctured, allowing fuel oil to leak from the vessel. It is feared that the ship may break in two. A salvage contract has been awarded to Svitzer, led by Drew Shannon (who was in charge of salving Pasha Bulker), which has sent tugs to the area. Shen Neng 1 was refloated on 12 April 2010, after forecasts of bad weather meant that the salvage operation was brought forward. There were reports that large areas of the coral reef were damaged by the ship. On 14 April, the captain and officer on watch at the time of the accident were arrested. They were charged and appeared in court on 15 April.
Two investigations have been opened into the grounding. The investigations are being conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said that the Government would be investigating why the ship was so far off route. It was reported that the ship's owner could be fined $1,000,000 and Shen Neng 1's captain $220,000.
The ATSB despatched three investigators to Gladstone, Queensland on 4 April to collect evidence and conduct interviews. On 6 April they boarded the ship to interview the crew members and collect further evidence. The preliminary phase of the investigation is scheduled to take 28 days. A casualty co-ordinator from the AMSA boarded the ship. Three vessels were reported as giving assistance at the scene. The preliminary investigation has found fatigue as the major contributor to the grounding. Prior to the grounding there was no checks to ensure fatigue was minimized by the governing authorities (AMSA). A news story claimed that the ship was attempting to take a shortcut when it ran aground.
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