Several attempts to free a giant Japanese iron ore carrier which has run aground off the coast of Australia have failed.
AERIAL VIEW PAN Around Japanese tanker, Shinyo Maru.
AERIAL VIEW PAN Along side of tanker showing name of Y.S. Line and name of ship.
AERIAL VIEW Tanker
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Background: Several attempts to free a giant Japanese iron ore carrier which has run aground off the coast of Australia have failed. The tanker grounded off western Australia on Saturday (9 July) and its size has caused port authorities problems in trying to find ways of moving it.
SYNOPSIS: One of the latest ideas involves the use of seven boats and a dredge. If an expected spring tide arises at the end of this week, work could begin to free the vessel. It's loaded with 100,000 tonnes of iron ore and was on its way out of Dampier Port through the departure channel when it van around.
A pilot boat had left the ship and it's thought to have gone on the wrong side of a navigation beacon. None of the Japanese crew was injured and divers who inspected the hull reported no structural damage. The ship's left side and bow are firmly trapped and several attempts to free the enormous vessel with tugs have failed.