POLICE have been asked to investigate allegations that the MV Island Trader, which ran aground in the world-heritage listed Lord Howe Island lagoon, was also responsible for two separate marine pollution incidents two years ago.
Complaints have been made that the fuel-supply ship leaked oil into the pristine waters of the lagoon in 2009 and one of the spills involved about 200 litres of oil.
After receiving the complaints, the NSW Minister for Police, Michael Gallacher, has asked the police to investigate.
There has never been an investigation into the incident despite marine environmental pollution offences attracting a maximum fine of $10 million.
A spokeswoman for NSW Maritime said a formal report was never received about the alleged oil spills. She said while informal reports were received, no evidence of any spill had been provided. Calls to the shipping office on Lord Howe Island were not returned.
The MV Island Trader, which has the monopoly on the route carrying food and fuel from Port Macquarie, hit a sandbank earlier this month and was stranded for seven days.
The tender for shipping services was advertised earlier this year and negotiations are under way.
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