Its also surprising that VTS wasnt monitoring her. Ships will appear as a loom on the horizon and by the time you can see definition, its too close. They are moving at 15-20kn which gives you 10-15 minutes time. Ships also for some weird reason will drasticlly change course.
We had a small (8000t) ship play chicken with us off Townsville a few years ago. We changed course 3 times and turned the motor
on to drive out of its way. This Ship was the 'Alchem Calaca' and it ran over a wave rider bouy, moved from depths of 100' to 35'.The Townsville harbour master was a yachty and we obviously reported this as it scared us.
The ships masters report was that the 3rd officer was moving his ship( over salamander bank shoals} "in order to pass all yachts port to port". This master has a history
of things like this and it came out.
So poor Jess - copped the lesson that this ship didnt keep a watch on radar
or on AIS
. The VTS system covers the reef and harbour entrances. Their radar
would have seen the whole scenario like an air traffic controller - they should/could have given the ship a warning even if she was asleep. Maybe her egg timer should have been set to 10 minutes.
It will all come out eventually.