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Title: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: vokstar on June 08, 2007, 02:44:02 am
Looks rather nasty atm, reports of upto 100 kph winds and 4 metre (12 foot) waves.

Theres some very early reports that 2 more ships maybe introuble and draging their anchors.

For more info it's probably best to do a search as the situation seems to be changing by the minute.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: navig8 on June 08, 2007, 02:57:02 am
A major emergency is under way in Newcastle with a bulk carrier ship breaking its mooring and running aground 20 metres off a beach this morning.

At least two other ships are at risk of running aground with their anchors struggling to keep them from drifting.

A rescue operation is in full swing with three helicopters airlifting the crew off the stricken vessel.

So far, nine of the 21 crew have been rescued. The captain is believed to still be on board.

"There are now several ships reporting difficulties," said a spokeswoman for the Federal Maritime Minister, De-Anne Kelly.

"The Coral Emerald is about 2.8 nautical miles offshore and is now reporting its anchor is dragging due to the swell.

"Another ship, the Sea Confidence, is a lot closer to the beach. It's dropped its anchor but is having trouble holding.

"It's less than a nautical mile off Stockton Beach."

A NSW Maritime Authority spokewoman said: "The rescue effort by helicopter has begun, and eight or nine crew are now off the ship."

"We're bound by the weather, so we don't really have an estimation on how long the rescue will take. It will be done as soon as can be safely possible."

The crew were airlifted two at a time and brought to a makeshift operation centre at the Nobbys Beach Surf Club where immigration officials are processing the rescued crew members, who are from The Philippines.

Four surf club jet-skis were being used in the rough seas in case any of the remaining crew went overboard.

Authorities are frantically working to avert a potentially major environmental disaster as the ship, the Pasha Bulker, threatens to move closer towards Nobbys Beach, near the Newcastle Baths.

Acting Inspector Kirren Steel, at Newcastle Police, told smh.com.au: "It's a bit of panic stations at the moment.''

At the time, she said the ship was "balancing just on the reef'' between 50 and 100 metres off the beach. It has since been pushed by the high tide to about 20 metres off the beach.

Massive waves are crashing into and over the ship, with the bow swinging towards the beach.

A local resident said it was like nothing he had seen before.

"It's right between the flags where people usually swim and there's this massive ship,'' he said.

"There were people everywhere. As word got out people started coming from everywhere - there were hundreds. Driving out, the number of cars going in to have a sticky was amazing. There were police everywhere, choppers as well.''

The resident said people can swim out further than where the ship is aground.

"The waves were actually going over the top. The conditions were horrible, if they were out on the deck they would have been washed away,'' he said, referring to the crew.

The Pasha Bulker, a 225-metre long coal ship built last year, has 700 tonnes of heavy fuel and 34 tonnes of diesel on board.

It does not have any coal on board. It had been due to pick up a load of 68,000 tonnes of coal on June 12.

Jim Sullivan, the news director of local TV station NBN, told Sky News: "The wind is extremely strong here. You can hardly stand up.''

He said gales, surf and tide were pushing the ship further into the beach and within a few hours, he said the crew would "just about be able to walk off''.

Ships are normally anchored two to five kilometres off the coast but the wild weather, including winds of more than 100 kilometres an hour, had caused it to break its moorings.

A spokeswoman for the Minister for Maritime said the main concern was the environmental aspect of the accident.

"The Australian Maritime Safety Authority are on standby if there is a pollution report, which there hasn't been at this stage. There is a lot of fuel; that's the risk," she said.

A number of ambulances are in Nobbys car park waiting to treat crew if necessary when they are brought from the ship.

Ambulance media said no injuries had been reported.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Pieter on June 08, 2007, 03:09:18 am
You can watch a video of the ship aground on the beach at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzu-sbNydKw

She's a panamax bulker and owned by Lauritzen of Denmark.

The Sydney Morning Herald has more pics on their site:

www.smh.com.au


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: navig8 on June 08, 2007, 03:57:00 am
The latest news is that the weather has abated with the wind backing to the West and some glimpses of blue sky. That will help the other ships that are experiencing difficulties and reduce damage to the PB. It has also allowed helicopter operations to re-commence.

The Master or the PB has made the decision to abandon ship and they have removed 50% of the crew.

Aparrently there were 2 other vessels in trouble with a tug enroute to one of them.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Glenn Towler on June 08, 2007, 04:35:51 am
here is some good info and pics of the situation:


http://www.abc.net.au/newcastle/stories/s1945881.htm


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: matthew on June 08, 2007, 04:47:10 am
hello i am in sydney jsut got home from work windy and wet outside,mmmm i hope we dont have another selendang ayu on out hands,but hopefully she wont break up???if the storm will abate she should be ok,it looks to be quite steady on the beach,we will wait and see.cheers

matt


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on June 08, 2007, 11:51:52 am
does nobody received a weather forecast in the area?i don't understand it what happened.i don't see on the pictures any dropped anchor from the lauritzen bulker.if the engine is not ready and the moorings break,the crew should at least try to drop an anchor as an emergency manoeuvre.looks like a perfect seamanship again.....


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Glenn Towler on June 08, 2007, 12:21:03 pm
I would say that they got the anchor up and were trying to manouver away from the coast when the wind and the sea just got hold of her, the crew I don't reckon had a chance to re-lower the anchors.

I don't reckon she will come of easy.  We could see another Sealand Express or APL Panama situation here.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Jens Heri on June 08, 2007, 12:22:51 pm
I was also confused when I saw that the anchors were not dropped.
 
How long will the bad weather last.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Holger Jaschob on June 08, 2007, 02:09:45 pm
Hello,

here's a video from German webside.

http://onnachrichten.t-online.de/c/11/27/03/76/11270376.html

Regards,
Holger


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on June 08, 2007, 08:06:18 pm
Hi All
I cannot understand it. There were weather warnings on the media over the last few days. It was not a sudden thing. I understand there were 56 ships on the anchorage. 45 of them moved out to sea when the warnings were issued. The remainder were still at the anchorage when the storm struck. What really happened here is anybodys guess! The other two vessels in trouble Sea Confidence & Betis were towed away from the coastline.

Rgds
Peter


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on June 08, 2007, 09:47:51 pm
i have now a stupid question:does the mv "pasha bulker" broke her  lines at the jetty or was she on anchor at the roads?anyway,on the pictures  and the video i saw,both anchors were up.maybe the captain go the order to save some gasoil and luboil and to stay instead to drift in the bad weather...you never know in these days.now they lost probably the vessel.but normally the australian authorities are not so sleepy...brgds mooringman


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on June 08, 2007, 10:08:32 pm
Pasha Bulker was one of more than 60 ships at anchor off the coast of Newcastle awaiting her turn to berth and load coal.  All ships received a warning from the Harbour Master the night before of the storm conditions approaching and where advised to retrieve their anchors and head out to sea.  Apparently 11 ships did not heed this advice and remained at anchor, the Pasha Bulker being one of them.

From what I have seen (and this is my speculation) the Pasha Bulker waited too long to retrieve her anchor and whilst trying to do so and get underway she appears to have been unable to manouevre away from the beach, it appears the wind and waves got hold of her before she could get any real momentum up to enable her to turn.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: tonker on June 09, 2007, 01:40:21 am
I was just reading that she apparently dumped her water ballast before trying to move out to sea, and it`s now being said that had they not done this, the prop would have had more effect, as it would have been sitting further underwater still, thus giving more propulsion. The swells were up to 18 metres, so maybe they had no chance anyway.
At least there were no casualties, thanks to the skill of the rescuers.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Glenn Towler on June 09, 2007, 11:19:29 am
We must remember that the managed to succssfuly get the Sealand Express and APL Panama off beaches, and if I rember correctly the Sealand Express went aground in South Africa in similar conditions.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on June 09, 2007, 08:09:36 pm
I would imagine that due to the fact she had discharged her ballast before hand she is sitting in shallower water than if she had left her ballast on board. She has no ballast left to discharge so she can be floated or dragged off the beach.
My guess it will be a tough job to move her off the beach.
The worst of the storm system has now passed. It was regarded in the papers as a once in 30 year storm. It wreaked havoc on land as well.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on June 09, 2007, 09:59:20 pm
The lack of ballast water could well be a problem when it comes to refloating. On the subject of 30 year storms it's probably wise to remember that the same thing occurred in 1974 when the SYGNA grounded on Stockton Beach at Newcastle.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Brent on June 10, 2007, 07:36:22 am
Hi

Another Aussie storm casualty was the freighter Cherry Venture on a Queensland beach 6.7.73, some remains apparently still remain.

Cheers

Brent


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: kyte on June 10, 2007, 10:02:34 pm
Pasha Bulker was the first of some serious disaster stuff happening around here.  The storm which brought her ashore (and right now she's only 40 meters or so off the beach) worsened later in the day, and the city and suburbs were awash with cars and debris...  Right now as I type, the Hunter River is in flood, and evacuations are occurring...  Its been a really nasty few days.

Just thought I'd drop by to comment as there doesn't seem to be any other Novocastrians posting in here.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Warwick Somerville on June 11, 2007, 10:26:42 am
Melbourne base tug "Keera" has been dispatched to Newcastle today 11/06/2007.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on June 11, 2007, 08:16:21 pm
I heard a news report yesterday stating they have found a crack in her hull. Nothing major though. No threat of losing fuel oil at this stage.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: navig8 on June 13, 2007, 02:15:47 am
They have commenced transferring all FO Do and LO to tanks that are les likely to rupture if the hull damage worsens. They have also filled No 4 Hold to try and stabilise her while they develop a salvage plan.

Apparently divers are on standby for an underwater inspection later today (Wednesday) if the conditions allow.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Stuart Scott on June 13, 2007, 06:32:03 am
New development - live webcam of 'Pasha Bulker' on the beach. Follow her salvage minute by minute!

http://www.coastalwatch.com/camera/cameras_large.aspx?cam=2790&state=NSW

Enjoy,

Stuart


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on June 13, 2007, 02:50:21 pm
thank you for posting the webcam link to the grounded mv "pasha bulker",very intersesting.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: driver33b on June 15, 2007, 11:12:23 am
(http://[img][img][img align=right]http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i244/driver33b/536977221_f78a027342.jpg)

Hi all, This is my 1st post. Here is a couple of photo's I've found on the net plus where I think she is on the beach in Google Earth. Enjoy. Tony PS LOTS of photo editing???? Positioning is not my forte'.



















(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i244/driver33b/PashaBukergrounding.jpg) :-D


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: driver33b on June 15, 2007, 11:20:13 am
GEEEZ....  :-o I really mucked that up didn't I?  :-?  From the GE pic you can see the reef just to the north of her....my guess is her rudder is ON the reef????  There cannot be much sand under her either....I think that is reef not seaweed....maybe a 'local' can confirm this?


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on June 16, 2007, 07:18:18 am
hi,just watched the webcam and saw a helicopter was landing  on deck of the lauritzen bulkcarrier.amazing webcam,see the vessel fighting against the sea and the reef,swell will increase.anyway,what is going on down under?
brgds mooringman


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on June 16, 2007, 07:37:06 am
Hello

The latest I heard on how they are going to attempt to move Pasha Bulker is they are going to attempt to swing the bow around seaward. Set anchors in deeper water linked to her anchor chains. They will attempt to use her own anchor winches & tugs to pull her into deeper water. If this fails they may have to wait until July sometime when the king tides are due to attempt to move her again. They have already moved the fuel oil to tanks away from cracks they have found in her hull. Ballast has been taken on to stabilize the ship in the surf for now.

Regards
Peter


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on June 16, 2007, 08:26:10 am
thank you very much for the quick information,i will hope they will be succesful without any pollution,but i doubt it.depends on the weather anyway....brgds mooringman


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Ship's Cat on June 16, 2007, 08:09:19 pm
Driver 33b, due to copyright infringements, could you just provide a link to the pictures from the net, rather than putting them on here direct?


Many thanks

'Shipimages'
*Moderator-type person*


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Captain John K on June 17, 2007, 05:48:27 am
We have been getting a lot of participation for Australian Captains' on our Maritime Blog (http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/). We have written a half dozen posts covering the story with photos and video but one post has received the most attention. If your interested read the comments at the bottom: Pasha Bulker - Environmental Impact (http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/enviromental-impact-and-salvage-of-mv-pasha-bulker/).  -John


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on June 18, 2007, 10:10:41 pm
There are reports this morning that 12 metre seas are expected on the NSW Coast including Newcastle area this afternoon. This makes three major storms in as many weeks. Pasha Bulker is in for a tough time today.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: vokstar on June 20, 2007, 12:00:36 am
She's coping a pasting.  I've been looking at the webcam on coastalwatch and I think she might be moving a touch.  

It might be just the cam moving in the wind that is giving the effect, but it looks to me as she is moving.  I don't want to say how I think she maybe moving as it might cloud your judgement and I want a second oppionion.  

heres the coastalwatch link again just so you don't have to hunt for it.
Coastalwatch (http://www.coastalwatch.com/camera/cameras_large.aspx?cam=2790&state=NSW)


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on June 22, 2007, 06:26:50 am
I sure the port side has sunk lower into the sand. She seems to be listing more on that side more than I remember. It will take some moving. King Tide or not.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: spotti on June 23, 2007, 11:36:32 am
According to Danish news reports today the price tag for salving and repairing the vessel will be USD 35 million corresponding approximately to the value of the ship.
Scrapping on the beach is a likely conclusion. It will
take around 6 months to remove the 12,000 tonnes of steel.

Br
Niels


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: alan barton on June 23, 2007, 06:09:59 pm
Here she is
http://www.coastalwatch.com/camera/cameras_large.aspx?cam=2790&state=NSW&t=9:12:29%20AM#
Algy


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: hawkinsg on June 24, 2007, 11:34:44 pm
Word round Newcastle is that on the evening of June 7 the Newcastle Port Company broadcast a storm warning to all the ships laying at anchor off the coast and recommended they weigh anchor and head out to sea. Most complied even though they were lightly ballasted. But 4 ships including the Pasha Bulker decided to remain (possibly at the direction to their masters by owners) in their anchored state. Early the following morning when the full force of the storm hit the Newcastle area the masters of these ships rather belatedly decided to weigh anchor and get underway. 2 ships successfully moved off shore, 1 almost ran aground off Stockton Beach north of Newcastle until directed to take assistance from tugs (got within 600m of the beach) and the Pasha Bulker, despite getting her engine going, lost control and came ashore at Nobby's Beach. Seems she was so high out of the water her propellor could not get any bite.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Captain John K on June 25, 2007, 02:02:34 am
We got this comment (http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/enviromental-impact-and-salvage-of-mv-pasha-bulker/#comment-262) from our Newcastle Maritime "expert" Ian on our Pasha Bulker story.

Quote
Local radio this morning, interviewed ‘one of Australia’s leading salvage experts’, Brett Divine who believes that the vessel has sustained serious damage below water and may not hold up to the stresses involved in hauling her off. It appears that his company is one of several already discussing plans to dismantle the vessel should the refloating effort fail.


You can read more from our Maritime Experts here (http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/maritime-experts-consider-dismantling-pasha-bulker-for-scrap/).

I also put together a Flickr photo slideshow of the Pasha Bulker that the shipspotting crowd might be interested in HERE (http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/pasha-bulker-photo-slideshow/).


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Stuart Scott on June 28, 2007, 06:54:39 am
It's 17:00 here on the Australian East Coast, and deballasting of 'Pasha Bulker' has commenced in preparation for a refloating attempt on the high tide tonight at 19:00.

The web-cam has been relocated to put the vessel in left frame, so movement off the beach will be visible.

Fingers crossed, and good luck to the Svitzer salvage team!

Stuart


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on June 28, 2007, 09:38:33 am
At 1930 local time you can clearly see her pivoting in the swell.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Timsen on June 28, 2007, 12:34:17 pm
the best chance of salvaging the stranded bulk carrier "Pasha Bulker" off Nobbys Beach in Newcastle passed after a tow cable snapped on June 28.
A steel cable being used by a tug to pull the bow of the ship off the beach had broken. The cable was attached to the "Keera", one of three tugs being used in the attempt to move the ship. Tow lines attached to the other two tugs and three anchor lines remained intact. The peak tide has passed and is slowly receding, but there is still a window over the next three hours to make it happen. The attempt could be called off as early as 9pm (11pm NZT) because of the receding tide. The "Keera" left the scene of the salvage attempt after its cable broke. The attempt to refloat the ship, which began earlier on June 28 when its ballast was emptied, was being carried out in high winds and heavy rain.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: spotti on June 28, 2007, 09:53:06 pm
She is taking some heavy beating right now on this Australian morning. However, the radar is working (!!).

Sad to see a fine ship in this condition.

Br
Niels


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Mats on June 29, 2007, 08:35:27 am
Looking at her on the Nobby Beach webcam (http://www.coastalwatch.com/camera/NobbysBeach.htm) we can see her being ponded by massive waves now, and she is moving with the waves again. A sad sight indeed.

Mats
Oslo


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Timsen on June 29, 2007, 09:33:29 am
A new attempt will be made on Saturday to refloat the coal carrier Pasha Bulker after the replacement of towing cables and a sea anchor that broke under the strain of the salvage operation.

Salvage crews will wait until Saturday night's high tide around 8pm (AEST) to mount a second bid to free the ship, which ran aground off Nobbys Beach at Newcastle during a storm on June 8.

The first attempt to pull the Pasha Bulker back to sea began on Thursday night in heavy seas, high winds and sheeting rain.

It got off to an ominous start when one of the towlines attached to a tug snapped.

On Friday morning, just minutes after Ports Minister Joe Tripodi said the three tugs involved in the operation would begin their second attempt on Friday night, a cable to the lead salvage tug Pacific Responder also failed.

Within 30 minutes of that break, one of three sea anchors broke free, leaving two sea anchors and one tug to hold the bulkship as it was thrown about in the heavy surf.

Soon after, the salvage crew decided to abort Friday night's attempt and ordered the ship's ballast tanks be filled with water once more to stabilise it in the surf.

The ballast will be pumped out again before any attempt to refloat the ship.

The massive task is being undertaken by the Dutch marine salvage company, Svitzer Salvage.

Mr Tripodi on Friday morning remained upbeat about the prospects of the salvage operation, which involves pulling the bow of the beached ship around towards the open sea.

"Further progress overnight, including another one degree of movement, has taken total movement to nine degrees since yesterday (Thursday) evening's high tide," he said.

"The salvage team has advised it will concentrate on preparing the Pasha Bulker today ahead of the attempted refloat on Saturday."

Mr Tripodi said Saturday night's 1.9 metre high tide forecast for 8.13pm would provide optimal conditions to refloat the 40,000 tonne vessel.

A Newcastle Ports spokeswoman said that at some time on Friday, a cable was to be reattached to the tug boat Keera.

The spokeswoman said the Pacific Responder had recovered the broken sea anchor and taken it into Newcastle Harbour for inspection.

On Saturday morning the sea anchor would be set in place again and the Pacific Responder would then reattach its own line to the ship.

During attempts to pull the ship to sea, winches on board the Pasha Bulker will wind in the cables attached to the sea anchors, helping the tugs in their efforts.

On Friday three cables remained attached to the Pasha Bulker - one connecting it the tug Woona, and two running to sea anchors.

The salvage team is believed to be working in a window of favourable tides that will end on July 4.

Gale force winds are forecast for coastal areas around Newcastle on Saturday but authorities remain optimistic the operation will proceed as planned.

National Coordinator of the International Transport Workers Federation, Dean Summers, called on the federal government to introduce laws that would force ships using Australian ports to comply with Australian regulations.

He said he had no evidence linking the grounding of the Pasha Bulker with its trading status.

"But we want to ask if the deregulation of this vessel had anything to do with the grounding of it," Mr Summers said.

"Did the fact that it's an unregulated ship mean it was a contributing factor to this tragedy?"

Mr Summers said masters of many ships under flags of convenience were put under more commercial stress and pressures than they would be if they were skippering a nationally flagged ship.

He would not be drawn on the effectiveness of plans for the salvage attempt, but praised the salvage crews as some of the finest seamen in the world


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Jens Heri on June 30, 2007, 10:46:02 pm
Different picture from Pasha Bulker now on coastalwatch.

Smoke coming from then funnel and maybe she is moving.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: vokstar on June 30, 2007, 11:00:48 pm
The radar isn't spining around yet so I guess they are just trying to fire up the engines.

There is alot of smoke coming out of the funnel.. I guess that will give the environmentalists something to complain about since she has refused to leek any oil yet  :lol:


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on July 01, 2007, 08:40:26 am
on the webcam it looks like the vessel moved a bit to port side.anybody in "down under" knows something about the situation?brgds mooringman


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on July 01, 2007, 09:28:40 am
The bow has been dragged further to port, although here are reports in the local papers that she was leaking oil earlier today too. High tide is still a few hours off so the salvage crews have a bit of time up their sleeves.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: spotti on July 01, 2007, 11:11:26 am
Looks like she has now been turned approx. 90 degrees.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on July 01, 2007, 08:47:48 pm
Hi Vokstar,

I dont think they will need the radar on my friend,but i might be wrong


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on July 01, 2007, 09:11:04 pm
Try this for the latest info:-

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/01/1966928.htm


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: vokstar on July 01, 2007, 10:20:59 pm
Yeh I dont think it's esentual that the radar is on, but I've noticed that when the radar is on theres some action trying to get her off the beach.

On one of the earlier efforts when things didn't go to plan and they abborted pulling the radar went off, so when it's spinning it's an indication that theres some action going on even if you can't physically see her moving.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on July 01, 2007, 10:41:19 pm
The radar is on for ranging especially off the towing vessels which can give an early indication of too much stretch in the towing cables.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on July 01, 2007, 11:09:52 pm
Many thanks for the reply vokstar,Mattmar
I realy thought they would not use the radar,but what do  I Know, I only fit windows for a living!!!!!!


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on July 02, 2007, 11:46:24 am
It's 21:45 local time on Monday and she has been pulled clear of the beach.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Stuart Scott on July 02, 2007, 11:47:38 am
Pasha Bulker was successfully refloated at around 21:40 this evening Newcastle time.

She floated off about 5 minutes after the tide peaked - live TV coverage here in Australia.

Stuart


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: matthew on July 02, 2007, 12:28:34 pm
hi all,

glad shes off the beach,but i wonder were she will go maybe back in newcastle port?i wonder if there is a dry-dock big enough?maybe in queensland,or singapore to fix the bent propeller and the rudder which is half missing?who knows,they were lucky to get her off the beach..

cheers matt


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on July 02, 2007, 12:34:38 pm
thanks a lot for the quick information.i just was wondering where the vessel was as i checked out the webcam :lol:
the salvage crew did a good job,i was not sure if they will be successful,but i know the area only from google earth and seacharts.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Captain John K on July 02, 2007, 02:05:07 pm
Thanks for the Update!! I guess everyone's happy except the tourist board.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: tonker on July 02, 2007, 02:15:55 pm
G`day G Captain, i reslly like your site, thanks, very enjoyable, some good reading on there.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: tonker on July 02, 2007, 02:17:24 pm
And please pardon my typo, been a long day :)


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on July 02, 2007, 08:03:55 pm
I heard a report last night that once she was free of the beach she will be back in her owners hands. It was unlkely she will go into Newcastle for repairs. She will be towed elsewhere once divers inspect the damage.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on July 02, 2007, 08:54:04 pm
The rumor is she will be towed up here to Brisbane for repairs.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Peter Karberg on July 02, 2007, 09:04:22 pm
Just heard on the morning news that Pasha Bulker is anchored 11 nautical miles off Newcastle where divers will make an assessment of any damage. Temporarily repaired in Newcastle if necessary before being towed to possibly Brisbane for drydock.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on July 03, 2007, 10:24:39 pm
Hi Everyone,

Try this link,it is quite good for info in that part of the world:-

http://www.newportcorp.com.au/page_list_detail.aspx?mediaID=158&getDetailType=media


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on July 04, 2007, 05:01:00 am
The Pasha Bulker was towed into Newcastle this morning and berthed to allow further inspection and minor repair work to be carried out.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on July 09, 2007, 10:41:28 pm
hi,i just heard that the mv "Pasha Bulker" lost the rudder at nobbys beach.can someone confirm that?brgds mooringman


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: Richard Matterson on July 09, 2007, 11:00:23 pm
That's correct, the rudder is still on the reef on which she was sitting, apparently they are going to try and remove it (the rudder) in the next few days.


Title: Re: Pasha Bulker aground Newcastle Australia
Post by: mooringman on July 11, 2007, 09:14:18 pm
thank you very much for the quick answer abt. the rudder.brgds mooringman