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Crackdown on abandoned, neglected boats in NQ


There are calls for Queensland boat owners to take more responsibility for their vessels.

More than 900 vessels have been removed from Queensland waters since a War on Wrecks program was launched in mid-2018, 55 of those were across Mackay, the Whitsundays and the Burdekin.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert says Maritime Safety Queensland and supporting agencies are now focusing on owners of dodgy boats.

“If a vessel is in poor condition or unseaworthy, MSQ officers will be knocking on the wheel-house door and asking owners to step up to their responsibilities," Ms Gilbert says.

“We understand some owners face financial challenges through poor planning or bad investment choices in the boat they buy, so MSQ is ready to work with them.

“However, where owners are aggressive or reluctant to cooperate, MSQ will move quickly to ensure they comply with the law and seek to recover any costs they incur.”

Derelict and abandoned vessels have been removed from areas like Airlie Beach and Townsville’s Ross River in the past two years.

“Patrols of the waterways are being conducted to identify of any vessels that could become derelict and owners are being put on notice to take early action before their vessels become a hazard to navigation or the environment," Ms Gilbert says.

To report a derelict vessel, email [email protected] or contact one of Maritime Safety Queensland’s regional offices:

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