Date: May 21 2012
A stricken bulk carrier adrift off the far north Queensland coast has been secured to a tug.
The carrier ID Integrity is in open water and at her latest rate of drifting, is at least 24 hours from the Great Barrier Reef, owners ID Wallem Ship management say.
The tug PT Kotor was attached to the ship yesterday and two more tugs were due to arrive around 3pm to tow the vessel to Townsville within the next two days. The company says there's no danger to the environment from the ship, which lost power on Friday night.
But green groups say the incident is worrying, given a possible tenfold increase in shipping movements through the reef by 2020.
WWF spokesman Richard Leck called for an objective study to determine the carrying capacity of the reef.AAP
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