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Captain arrested for sailing coal ship through Reef without pilot
It is alleged the carrier left Mackay on New Years Day and sailed through the Great Barrier Reef without a pilot as required by Australian law.
The captain was arrested in Newcastle on Saturday and will face court later today.
If found guilty, the captain of the ship could face a maximum fine of $85 000.
In 2010, a Chinese coal carrier ran aground on the reef causing a three kilometre long scar in and around the Douglas Shoal.