Pasha Bulker finally at sea

3 Jul 2007 0 Share

Pasha Bulker

Pasha Bulker

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.

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.

The Pasha Bulker is currently 11 nautical miles off Newcastle and is accompanied by the three salvage tugs, Pacific Responder, Keera and Woona.

Ports Minister Joe Tripodi commended the efforts of all involved giving credit to Newcastle Port Corporation, Svitzer Salvage and the Newcastle community.

“This outcome is the result of tremendous team work. The NSW Government recognises the expertise of the many individuals and organisations that have been involved,” Mr Tripodi said.

“More than 100 people worked around the clock during the past 25 days, led by Newcastle Port Corporation’s Incident Control Centre.

Newcastle Port Corporation CEO Gary Webb said that whilst the vessel was now at sea there still remained a significant amount of work to do before the salvage operation was completed.

“Our oil-pollution response teams, including the tug Shirley Smith, ground crews and aerial surveillance personnel, will continue to monitor the coastline and the area surrounding the vessel,” Mr Webb said.

“I am pleased to advise that ground surveillance undertaken since the Pasha Bulker was towed to sea has no evidence of oil.

“A team of salvage divers will today inspect the damage to the vessel and provide the salvage master with a full report, before any decision on her future is made.
1/2
“We thank the people of Newcastle for their patience and cooperation during the past few weeks.

“The NSW Police will assess the pedestrian and traffic management plan this morning. The air exclusion zone will be lifted today, however the water exclusion zone off Nobbys Beach remains in place until further notice to allow the retrieval of sea anchors and associated equipment, and also inspection of the seabed,” he said.

Member for Newcastle, Jodi McKay, thanked the people of her electorate for their patience, cooperation and goodwill.

MEDIA ALERT: A MEDIA CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT NOBBYS BEACH, NEWCASTLE AT 9:30AM (TUESDAY 3 JULY).

IN ATTENDANCE WILL BE THE SHORELINE SALVAGE MASTER FOR SVITZER SALVAGE, DREW SHANNON, PORTS MINISTER JOE TRIPODI AND NEWCASTLE PORT CORPORATION CEO GARY WEBB.

Tags: (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Coastal
White Shoes and Bare Feet: The Kirra Cruise Ship Terminal

White Shoes and Bare Feet: The Kirra Cruise Ship Terminal

The Kirra Cruise ship terminal project had a wonderfully entertaining two-week life, Jock Serong tells its story.

23 17 Jan 2014
Gold Coast City Council Announces Beaches Plan

Gold Coast City Council Announces Beaches Plan

The iconic 52-kilometre stretch of astonishing and picturesque coastal landscapes, which stretches along South-East Queensland’s Gold Coast region, is not only a haven for surfers and a highly sought-after district to live in, but acts as a vital economic strategy to assist in the sustainability of the area.

1 19 Apr 2013
Kelly Slater Helps Clean Up Bali

Kelly Slater Helps Clean Up Bali

Legian Beach, looking clean and inviting - but during the wet season onshore winds heap rubbish on the sand. Recently, Kelly Slater has got behind the push to clean up Bali's surf zones. Photo: Greg Scott

2 May 2012
Recent

Soli Bailey Rips and Reflects in This Beautiful Morgan Maassen Short Film

Soli's entering into "favourite surfer" areas

13 Aug 2020
Behind the Design of FCS's Space Fighter Looking New H4 Fin

Behind the Design of FCS's Space Fighter Looking New H4 Fin

2 13 Aug 2020
Surfing’s Very Own Rescue Course Goes Online

Surfing’s Very Own Rescue Course Goes Online

12 Aug 2020
Interview: West Aussie Shark Survivor, "Those Blokes Are Absolute Heroes and Without a Doubt Saved My Life"

Interview: West Aussie Shark Survivor, "Those Blokes Are Absolute Heroes and Without a Doubt Saved My Life"

5 11 Aug 2020
Watch Mick, Parko and More Go to Battle in Episode 1 of New Aussie Surf Show, 'Rivals'

Watch Mick, Parko and More Go to Battle in Episode 1 of New Aussie Surf Show, 'Rivals'

3 10 Aug 2020
Go to Top