AAP | 2010.11.01
A cargo ship that ran aground off Brisbane is being detained until it is inspected for damage and judged seaworthy.
The 217m Liberian-registered MSC Basel struck a sandbank five kilometres southwest of Comboyuro Point on Moreton Island about 9.30am (AEST) on Monday.
The Singapore-bound ship was stuck for about three-and-a-half hours before refloating without assistance on a rising tide.
It remains under a detention order while a structural survey and incident investigations are completed.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which has taken responsibility for the investigation, said inspectors had gone aboard to inspect the vessel and assess its structural integrity.
“An underwater hull inspection is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday),” she said.
“There haven’t been any indications of pollution from the vessel.
“The ship will remain under detention until we’re satisfied she’s seaworthy.”