The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) successfully brought the damaged vessel to Geraldton Harbor.
The Marshall Islands-flagged carrier MV Barkly Pearl, suffered hull damage and was about 120 kilometers north of Geraldton when AMSA was involved.
Last night, AMSA commissioned a Challenger search and rescue jet to fly over the ship and be able to confirm damage to the starboard side of the ship, which was registering for port.
AMSA General Manager for Response Mark Morrow said there were significant concerns over the integrity of the ship and its ability to reach Indonesia safely, its planned destination.
“We are concerned about the integrity of the ship and potential environmental problems,” said Morrow.
As a result, AMSA issued a Directive for ships to head to safety at Geraldton Harbor.
AMSA officials are currently working with Western Australian authorities to ensure that the ship arrives safely at Geraldton Harbor safely. This includes managing the risk of COVID upon arrival according to State protocol.
The MV Barkly Pearl vision retrieved from the AMSA Challenger search and rescue jet is available via the link in the attached PDF.
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