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Rosemary joins shoreline clean up in Queensland after oil spill

Senior Environmental Officer in the Environment Division Rosemary Holness is part of the team helping to clean-up after last week's oil spill in south-east Queensland.

The ship Pacific Adventurer lost 31 containers of ammonium nitrate and around 250 tonnes of oil during heavy seas last Wednesday morning.

Tasmania is part of the National Plan coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to provide oil and chemical pollution response services and Rosemary is Acting Executive Officer of the State Marine Pollution Committee.

Rosemary headed up to Queensland earlier this week as part of the National Response team called on to provide assistance. She is currently stationed on Moreton Island.

Yesterday, 129.52 tonnes of waste was removed from Moreton Island and more than 300 workers are on the scene.

You can find more details at the Maritime Safety Queensland website

Rosemary is a key part of the Environment Division team that regularly organises marine oil spill training courses in Tasmania to train people to help clean-up an oiled shoreline.

The courses examine different types of shorelines and talk about what actually happens when oil is spilled. For example, the process of responding to an oil spill is different if it is a sandy shoreline or a rocky one and it is important for volunteers who may be called out to assist to understand the difference.

The courses also explain different types of marine oil – from crude oil to heavy fuel oil – and the damage they can cause to a shoreline. It also covers explanation of the tools used to help clean-up an oil spill, including booms and a skimmer – a piece of equipment used to suck the oil out of the water.