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'Maritime Safety Queensland acting general manager Jim Huggett said yesterday the oil was lost during the refuelling of the Korean-owned, Panama-flagged livestock carrier, the GL Lan Xiu at Hamilton Wharves'. This is a Korean owned, Panama flagged ship, so it's no more than what Australia deserves allowing these ships into Australian ports.

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Authorities say the company responsible for an oil spill on the Brisbane River may be fined up to $10 million.

Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of the spill as the clean up continues.

It is expected to take several days to deal with about five tonnes of oil that spilled while a cargo ship was being refuelled at the Hamilton Wharves yesterday.

Today's wet conditions are expected to hamper the exercise and make it difficult to get an aerial view.

Jim Huggett from Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) says booms are in place and about 50 officers will help with the operation today.
"We're keen to continue to contain the spill such that its extent either up or down the river is limited.

Toby Hutcheon from the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) hopes authorities have acted quickly enough to prevent damage to the environment.

"Once the damage occurs it's very difficult to clean it up," Mr Hutcheon said.

"It's all about acting quickly and we've got our fingers crossed that the damage is going to be minimised."

"They do actually have a very good oil emergency response set up in place.

So far one pelican has been treated after becoming covered in oil.

Mr Huggett says officers from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) will assess the damage.
"There's specialists from DERM who will be doing inspection of the river banks to see if there's any oil in the mangrove areas," Mr Huggett said.

"To date there hasn't been any of that and the offices from DERM will also be conducting inspections to see if there's any oiled animals."
The investigation is expected to be completed later today.

"There's a few more questions to be asked in the morning in respect to crews of both vessels," Mr Huggett said.

Authorities say charges could be laid.

Maria Hatzakis
Updated January 24, 2012 12:22:05
 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-24/oil-spill-charges-possible/3789970?section=qld