Thursday 10 October 2019

Anro Asia 1981

Anro Asia (ship)
grounded off the northern tip of Bribie Island, 
29 October 1981

Anro Asia (ship) grounded off north Bribie Island.
Source: NLA's Pandora archive
Anro Asia (ship)
grounded off north Bribie.
Source: MBRC Libraries P0784

On 29 October 1981 the 213 metre 16,336 gross tonnage Ro-Ro container vessel, Anro Asia, grounded near the northern tip of Bribie Island while entering Moreton Bay.

Chinook helicopter near grounded Anro Asia
Source: Sunshine Coast Libraries M863575

The vessel sustained damage to several double bottom tanks and between 70 to 100 tonnes of bunker fuel was released into the sea. The vessel carried a total of 1100 tonnes of bunker fuel. Some oil reached shore on both Bribie Island and Caloundra beaches resulting in a clean up operation. 

Two Chinook helicopters, from the RAAF base at Williamstown, lifted off about 50 containers in preparation for an attempt to refloat the ship. 

The Anro Asia was refloated on 6 November 1981.

Image courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council.
MBRC Libraries online catalogue, photo 934457 P0784

Image courtesy of Sunshine Coast Council
Sunshine Coast Libraries online catalogue, photo M863575

AMSA (1981) Anro Asia, Bribie Island, Queensland, 29 October 1981.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Collected by NLA's Pandora archive, webpage snapshot taken 18 Dec 2014.