After threatening to cross land in as a category 4 cyclone with winds >200km/hr, Cyclone Hamish made a dramatic turn westwards and is now winding down towards a Category 1 cyclone out into the Pacific Ocean. After the damage caused by Cyclone Larry in 2006, it seems that South-East Queensland can breath a sigh of relief after evacuation warnings were issued from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay. No news yet on the impact of the cyclone on the reef, although the earlier (March 8th) the cyclone crossed within the marine park, between the mainland and the Swains Reefs as a category 4, and narrowly missed the Whitsunday Islands. More reports and hopefully photographs as they come.
Big news about the ship tipping and dumping oil and crates of ammonium nitrate into the ocean. Maritime Safety Queensland has has said that the crates probably won’t be recovered.
I know it’s a bit south of where you usually operate, would love to hear your take on the risks of both, but especially ammonium nitrate leakage.