A Japanese bulker has been stabilised after taking on water off Australia on Tuesday.

Australian authorities said the 181,000-dwt Frontier Unity (built 2012) sent a distress signal off Hay Point near Mackay in Queensland.

The Panama-flag capesize, owned by Japan’s Nissen Kaiun, reported seven metres of water in its engine room.

There was a crew of 24 people on the ship, which is not carrying a cargo.