Authorities remain concerned about possible fuel leaks from a luxury cruiser which caught fire and sank off far north Queensland.

Sixteen crew and passengers were forced to abandon ship early yesterday at Cow Bay off the Daintree coast.

The super yacht Seafaris is now sitting in about 20 metres of water.

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) General Manager Patrick Quirk says the main concern is minimising any possible environmental damage.

"We expect some divers on the site today arranged by the insurers and the owners," Mr Quirk said.

"Our main concern now is to physically identify the wreck, ensure there's no seepage of diesel and if there is to patch those holes as quickly as we can."

Those on board were rescued by a bulk carrier which heard the yacht's mayday call and taken to Cairns.

Authorities are yet to interview them and Mr Quirk says they hope to find out more today.

"We'll need to talk to the crew and the passengers to assess where they detected the fire started, do they have any," he said.

"When we get down to the wreck on the bottom there'll be nothing really for us to forensically investigate."

The Seafaris is owned by property developers the McCloy Group, whose chairman is Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy.

It operated charter trips and tours of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef out of Cairns.

The seven-year-old vessel boasted accommodation for up to 10 guests and 10 crew, as well as a gymnasium, cinema, library, spa and cocktail bar.

 

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