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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SEIZE AND REMOVE ABANDONED PROPERTY

27/3/2024

Maritime Safety Queensland

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SEIZE AND REMOVE ABANDONED PROPERTY

Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994, section 175A

Date of notice: 22 March 2024

I, Marita FERGUSON, am appointed as a Shipping Inspector under part 13 of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 (the Act).

Description of abandoned property:

1 x 7.5 metre timber sailing sloop ‘Tahua’ displaying registration symbols OQ084Q weighing approximately 3 tonnes. Collector number ID: 159154

Where and when abandoned property was found:

The vessel sank on Wednesday 13 March 2024 in the Garden Island channel to the west of Macleay Island and is completely submerged at high tide.
The vessel poses as a risk to the safety of navigation of ships because it creates an obstruction to navigation.
The vessel was marked with a yellow buoy with a light on Wednesday 13 March 2024.

I reasonably believe that this vessel is abandoned property.

When abandoned property may be seized and removed:

If the property described above is not claimed by Monday 22 April 2024, it may be seized and removed from Queensland waters to a place on land determined by Maritime Safety Queensland.

Statement for the purposes of section 175A(5) of the Act:

If no one claims the property within the time stated above and I seize and remove it, I may, having regard to the value and condition of the property and without further notice–

(a) sell the property by public auction; or

(b) destroy it.

If you wish to assert ownership in the property described above, you must attend in person the Gold Coast office of Maritime Safety Queensland 40 – 44 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach in the State of Queensland before 4pm on Monday 22 April 2024 with proof of ownership in some form.

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Marita Ferguson
Shipping Inspector, T375
Maritime Safety Queensland

Brisbane 4000