In November 2018 the Ocean Monarch was towed in to Hobart for maintenance from where it was drilling for gas in Bass Strait off the east Gippsland coast. The drilling platform, once used in the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster Armageddon, made for a spectacular sight as it came up the Derwent River, but at the time environmentalists were concerned its arrival may impact the habitat of the critically endangered spotted handfish.
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