08.30am, June 8, 2007. Equipment and personnel would come from across the globe. Svitzer Salvage got the contract. The Hunter River foreshore was lined with well-wishers who clapped and cheered the salvage team. He is Managing Director of Repute Communications and Associates. And if only those tapes had been working . Look at the track of the Pasha Bulker and you see the vessel heading out to sea until 9.06am, when what both investigations describe as a badly executed turn began the vessel’s hour-long journey onto the shore at Nobbys. Quickly. We’re doing our best folks…. After this time, the situation was more closely monitored and weather advisories were provided. Thankfully both were already doing a solid job briefing the media on location. If only ships could talk. Many such tugs were based in Newcastle and had entered the treacherous waters off Newcastle at the height of the storm to try and rescue not only the Pasha Bulker but two other vessels that came close to beaching (a feat that would see the crews presented with bravery awards). How much? We might have oil in the water, he said. The hull of the 40,000 tonne Pasha Bulker was strikingly red. The media conference resumed. “It’s doable, but it takes time.”. MV Drake, previously known as Pasha Bulker, is a Panamax bulk carrier of 76,741 tonnes deadweight (DWT) operated by the Lauritzen Bulkers shipping company and owned by Japanese Disponent Owners. At first light multiple media helicopters were buzzing around the Pasha Bulker (to hell with the aerial exclusion zone) looking for the mess. Anders introduced him as Drew Shannon, one of two salvage masters overseeing the job. The ship’s rudder however was jammed in the rocks off the beach, meaning the re-float was only a 99 per cent success. The company’s locally based salvage figures were ready should they be contracted by the vessel owner to respond. The roads were blocked as people jostled towards the beach for a look. The journos wanted an expert from the ship. ‘SHE’S MOVING! While waiting to load coal the Pasha Bulker ran aground during a major storm on June 8, 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Any attempt would be time consuming, weeks, months maybe. As we now know it was anything but a relaxing long weekend. The media warmed to him and this was instrumental in forming an indelible impression with the public. Days later the Pasha Bulker was towed into Newcastle Harbour for repairs. The ship had sufficient water ballast on board for the good weather conditions which continued for the next The Pasha Bulker was held 11 nautical miles off shore so assessments could be undertaken. A block-and-tackle network criss-crossing the bow would significantly enhance the pulling power of each tug. She had traveled about 3 kilometres before the captain reappeared on the bridge and took command of his ship, which was now out of … It didn’t take long for media calls from around the world to come in. THE wrinkling on the port-side of the hull gave away that the vessel was straining from the constant push of waves. There was no sign that an injured Panamax freighter was about to leave the people of this busy little sea port, to whom it … Down in Newcastle car horns tooted. Shannon was hardly in the mood for small talk as we waited for Gary Webb to arrive. Fifth anniversary of Pasha Bulker grounding - ABC (none) - Australian Broadcasting Corporation It's five years ago today that a massive bulk carrier was grounded on the sands of one of Newcastle's most popular inner-city beaches. It was good that the vessel was upright and the engine room was operational. It would be quite a ride given that the spectacle was there for any camera to pick up. My unequivocal view was to go with what we knew, as scant and vague as the information was. A priority was pumping the on-board fuel oil off, yucky stuff that would leave a hell of a mess if it ended up on the beach or coast. It says: “Even with the resources available to NPC, including the collective local knowledge of the harbour master and pilots and the weather monitoring equipment at VTIC, the port corporation was not sufficiently responsive to the increasing seriousness of the situation that developed from the evening of June 7.”. Everyone wanted a chat. The underside damage might be an issue: the hull had grinded over sand and rock and water was leaking in from the starboard side. And the Pasha Bulker – repaired and refitted after the grounding and now known as the Drake – is still plying the coal trade, and was most recently in Newcastle in late March, taking a load to China. Still, the media devoured the fresh daytime imagery of the vessel now aimed at the ocean after three weeks. At first light multiple media helicopters were buzzing around the Pasha Bulker (to hell with the aerial exclusion zone) looking for the mess. The residents of Newcastle are celebrating this morning following the successful refloating of the Pasha Bulker which had run aground on Nobbys Beach during the storms of June 8. “Can you see the ship?” Harvey asked as I got closer to Nobbys Beach. While aground, the Pasha Bulker was even listed for sale on eBay attracting bids up to $16 million, as “it could be converted to a hotel, floating restaurant, casino or retirement village.” In 2008, Pasha Bulker was renamed ‘Drake’ and returned to service. Her infamous name was dropped, and she now moves around global waters as the Drake. It was quickly confirmed that there was no oil (or a miniscule amount at worst). In any case, given the difficult circumstances and the precarious situations some ships, including Pasha Bulker, were in, such unnecessary and irrelevant communications by VTIC could only cause confusion and were therefore inappropriate.”. There was clapping, cheering and hugging. It pulsated back and forth from a. water-side equipment assembly zone at Carrington. Shannon’s first media performance - after multiple practice sessions - was all but flawless. With every passing day the media became hungrier for something new. TEN years on, the popular narrative of the Pasha Bulker’s grounding on Nobbys beach is that the master of the ship was solely to blame for the events of that tumultuous morning. Pasha Bulker’s master altered course to put the wind on the port bow in an attempt to make good a southerly course. Pasha Bulker now pointing out to sea. Yanking at the vessel prematurely might result in on-board fuel oil spewing into the water and the vessel being torn apart. (For the record, the Pasha Bulker’s owners also rejected the federal report and its findings as not “valid”, although the investigators say the owners did not provide any “evidence or argument” in support.). False alarm. Pasha Bulker. This suited given that the salvage team was so busy behind the scenes. So the good-news angle of the morning, bravo, was that there was no oil spill at Newcastle! Sign up to receive our Breaking News Alerts and Editor's Daily Headlines featuring the best local news and stories. EGEHUS and I went into the boardroom of Svitzer’s Newcastle tug base. . It wasn’t far from anyone’s mind how close the Pasha Bulker had come to crashing at the narrow channel of Newcastle Harbour, something that would have had dire economic implications given that Newcastle is the world’s biggest coal export port. TEN years on, the popular narrative of the Pasha Bulker’s grounding on Nobbys beach is that the master of the ship was solely to blame for the events of that tumultuous morning. It was good that the vessel was upright and the engine room was operational. “Had this heading been maintained, Pasha Bulker would probably have cleared the coast in an easterly direction,” it says. People – including media celebrities – were placing bets. No, you couldn’t knee jerk into a re-float attempt. It brought time and reduced pressure when the media may have gone for the jugular. . I sensed it was a tipping point, a moment where they’d attack. A block-and-tackle network criss-crossing the bow would significantly enhance the pulling power of each tug. The meeting ended quickly. It was a case of lying low until that happened. A comical moment unfolded when Gary Webb, Minister Tripodi, their staff and I trod down the headland track for the nightly media briefing. And so Minister Tripodi and Gary Webb stood before the camera lights piercing the night and calmly said, well, there might be some… oil in the water. The tugs managed to pull the bow anti-clockwise until it was pointing at the ocean, but the horsepower on hand couldn’t rip the Pasha Bulker free. The first report, of 60 pages, was handed down by a state government authority, NSW Maritime, on December 5, 2007. The Pasha Bulker, along with ten other ships, didn't heed the warning. It could be days before divers determine the extent of damage to the Pasha Bulker, the salvage company says. A downside was that Shannon, now a public face of the salvage effort, found it that bit harder to venture about. There were many variables that had to be worked around – night and day, tidal and current movements, wind, rain and inevitable equipment malfunctions. A downside was that Shannon, now a public face of the salvage effort, found it that bit harder to venture about. Someone said ‘Get out of the way!’ and a confused-looking Minister Tripodi hobbled from his interview position so the cameras could get the money shot of the Pasha Bulker getting the hell out of there. Online Discussion Terms & Conditions. The salvage of the stranded coal ship the Pasha Bulker is moving ahead, with a new exclusion zone now in force in the waters off Newcastle's Nobbys Beach on the New South Wales central coast. An OIL SPILL! Gary Webb (and subsequently NSW Ports Minister Joe Tripodi) continued facing the large international media pack at a series of briefings near Nobbys Beach clubhouse. My mobile phone rang. Because the waves were rollers it was nonstop, and for a while going out there we couldn’t see the Pasha Bulker,” Mr Donaldson said. We might have oil in the water, he said. The next re-float attempt - courtesy of more malfunctioning gear - was put off until the evening of July 1. The alteration was poorly controlled and the ship’s heading became south-westerly instead of south-southeast as he had intended. But it was the box seat to see what was going on. He exuded professionalism, honesty and credibility. news, local-news, Pasha Bulker, Svitzer, Newcastle Harbour, Pasha Bulker storm. We’re doing our best folks…. Both make fairly similar appraisals of how the Pasha Bulker got into trouble but they differ substantially in their appraisal of the role of Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC) and of its maritime communications arm, the Newcastle Vessel Traffic Information Centre (VTIC). The salvage team knew she would, in all likelihood, only hold up for so long. In any case, given the difficult circumstances and the precarious situations some ships, including Pasha Bulker, were in, such unnecessary and irrelevant communications by VTIC could only cause confusion and were therefore inappropriate.” In another section, the federal report notes that just after 9am, the Pasha Bulker “helmsman brought the ship back to a heading of 140º and the wind was ahead”. Indeed, nine of the report’s 11 recommendations covered “safety issues” for NPC “to address”. The vessel was towed to sea by three salvage tugs at about 9.40pm last night in front of a captivated audience of well-wishers. being able to log in or subscribe. Naturally we’d have to work closely and be on the same page in terms of facts and developments, especially in an environment where things could change frequently. A garish lipstick-coloured lump with white accommodation quarters jutting from the stern like high density home units - in the middle of Newcastle’s main beach. 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