Vessel Grounded on Great Barrier Reef 2000
Geoscience Australia acquired Landsat 7 and RADARSAT satellite images showing the Malaysian container vessel, Bunga Teratai Satu, while it was stranded on the Great Barrier Reef, 22 nautical miles south-east of Cairns in Queensland in November 2000.
In the RADARSAT image below left, acquired by Geoscience Australia on 10 November using the beam mode F5, the vessel appears as a white shape (within the white oblong). Click on the image to see more detail.
The Landsat 7 ETM+ image right was acquired on 4 November 2000 and shows the location of the stranded vessel. Click the image to see more detail, with bands 1 2 3 8 as blue green red intensity (merged data).
The Bunga Teratai Satu, reported to be carrying toxic chemicals and 1,200 tonnes of fuel, ran aground on the reef on 2 November 2000. Tugboats managed to free the three-year old vessel on 14 November. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living reef system on Earth, and was listed on the World Heritage Register in 1981.
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