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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SEIZE AND REMOVE ABANDONED PROPERTY

3/5/2024

Maritime Safety Queensland

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SEIZE AND REMOVE ABANDONED PROPERTY

Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994, section 175A(3)

Date of notice: Thursday 2 May 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 9.2 metre full cabin timber Wharram Trimaran displaying the vessel name ‘Wharezy’ weighing approximately 3 tonnes. Collector number ID: 158513

Where and when abandoned property was found:

The vessel was reported to have drifted on its anchor on the 26 January 2024 and was later secured to mangroves in the vicinity of slipping sands off north Stradbroke Island. The vessel was reported to have drifted again in March 2024 and was later secured to mangroves in the Fisherman’s bend channel, south of Russell Island.

The vessel remains in a state of disrepair, unpowered and unlit with an anchor light.

The vessel poses as a risk to the safety of navigation of ships because if left in place, it may deteriorate further and break apart with debris causing an obstruction to navigation for craft transiting the area and damage to the marine environment.

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 Thursday 30 May 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 Thursday 30 May 2024 with proof of ownership in some form

……………………………………….

Marita Ferguson

Shipping Inspector, T375

Maritime Safety Queensland

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