GPS error led to reef disaster

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Alarms on a Chinese bulk carrier that ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef failed to warn of the collision because a shortcut had not been entered into the ship's GPS, according to a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The report found the Shen Neng 1 crew felt the vessel "shudder" after it failed to turn at a "waypoint," sending it off the narrow shipping route and into the protected Douglas Shoal at full speed.

Click here to read a news account of the incident.

Click here for a report on how the regional government seeks the "highest penalties" imposed on those responsible for the grounding.