Alacrity no threat to electricity

Monday 11 February 2013

Alacrity no threat to electricity

The boat which sunk in Dickson Inlet recently near Port Douglas' main power cable is unlikely to cause any major problems to the town's power supply.

Corporate Communications Manager for Ergon Energy, John Fowler, said the vessel 'Alacrity' has not come to rest on top of the cable despite appearances with warning signs on the bank directly opposite.

"The vessel is about 20 metres upstream from the cable so we don't expect it to be an issue for us, as long as the salvage operator does it in a way that it doesn't come too close to the cable," Mr Fowler said.

Meanwhile, the issue of damaged and sunken vessels in the Inlet remains, with some boat owners saying they pose an unacceptable risk to other craft seeking protection from a cyclone.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said Maritime Safety Queensland is attempting to rectify the problem.

"MSQ is attempting to identify the owners of damaged or sunken vessels to discuss salvage arrangements. While salvage or recovery of vessels is the owners' responsibility, every effort will be made to work with them on managing this process."

The spokesperson took the opportunity to remind boaties to be prepared to protect themselves and their boats from the damage cyclones can cause.

"Maritime Safety Queensland has prepared detailed extreme weather contingency plans for Port Douglas to help boaties prepare for severe weather."

These plans can be found on MSQ's website 

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