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Bulk carrier ship Iron Baron grounded on Hebe Reef near the mouth of the Tamar River in July 1995, causing Tasmania's worst environmental disaster. During the night of this relatively recent oil spill, the Iron Baron fuel tanks had ruptured spilling a large quantity of fuel oil into the sea. The pollution quickly spread and large areas of the coastline were coated in oil. This incident was environmentally catastrophic. Tugs were quickly requested to help pull the bulk carrier off the reef. During the tugs attempt to refloat the Iron Baron, the fuel tanks released another large quantity of fuel oil. Booms were deployed hoping to contain the oil slick, but over 200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil had already been released. The Iron Baron was towed to the site and scuttled on July 30, 1995.

We will also be visiting Low Head Pilot Station, situated at the mouth of the Tamar River in northern Tasmania, is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia. While it was the first station to operate it is the third oldest pilot service after the private operations of Sydney and Hobart. The pilot service dates from 1805, with the appointment of William House as Harbour Master at Port Dalrymple, and the first building on the site was probably in 1806. The pilot service still operates from this site today.

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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