[25], Three salvage tugs managed to rotate Pasha Bulker so that it was now facing deep water and was only a few degrees short of being able to clear the reef. [35] After the breakwater was completed Nobby's Beach formed against it and over the reefs around Nobby's headland. Pasha Bulker The had been in the Newcastle anchorage since 23 May and anchored about 2.5nM (4.6km) off the coast. The ship beached on the morning of Friday 8 June just before the height of the storm that afternoon. At the Williamtown RAAF base, the average wind speed reached a maximum of 68km/h from a direction of 290°TN at 0110hrs on 9th June with a peak wind gust recorded at 91km/h at 0900hrs on 8th June. Near-cyclonic winds: Winds were remarkable for the duration of their intensity. WIND AND P AT Z=1KM, 04UTC APRIL 21. Your ad blocker may be preventing you from being able to log in or subscribe. Lasers beamed messages such as "Coal causes climate change chaos" and "This is what climate change looks like" in red on the side of the ship. [17] A hydrographic survey was conducted to survey and map the bottom of the ocean through the surf zone using a surf ski single beam echo sounder and GPS. The first attempt to pull the Pasha Bulker back to sea began last night in heavy seas, high winds and sheeting rain. ... [There was] a lot rain, wind, gusts up to 80, 90 kilometres per hour. By 9:41pm it was 500 m (1,640 ft) offshore. 600 km. The whole ship was then completely trapped between the beach and a rocky reef. The trail of mistakes and incompetence began on the evening of June 7 when warnings about an approaching storm were issued to 56 ships anchored off Newcastle. In the first week the salvage crew loaded the ship with ballast water, which sunk it lower, so that its hull was firmly on the seabed. 3 , model hindcasts are highly skilful at matching observations for both calibration ( r = 0.92 Perranporth; r = 0.87 Narrabeen) and validation ( r = 0.98 - Perranporth; r = 0.89 - Narrabeen) subsets of the data at both sites. The wind was strong gale force with 8 m high seas and 41 ships were at anchor. It was refloated and moved to a safe location offshore on 2 July 2007 at 9:48 p.m. AEST before being towed to Japan for major repairs on 26 July 2007. This was the case with the Pasha Bulker storm (2007); a series of five ECLs that impacted the coasts of Newcastle during June 2007 and resulted in wind damage and widespread flooding, coastal erosion, the grounding of the Pasha Bulker (a 40,000 tonne bulk carrier ship) … [2][4][5], Early on the morning of 8 June 2007, Newcastle Port Corporation radioed the 56 moored ships waiting off the coast to load coal to warn them to move out to sea to escape an approaching storm. MV Pasha Bulker–Newcastle – 8 June 2007. Horizontal Wind Speed … projected onto the. Pasha Bulker. [32], Pasha Bulker left the port of Newcastle on 26 July 2007. Any attempt at moving the ship was to occur at high tide, when the ship's own buoyancy would reduce the towing force required and the chance of it breaking into two. The Pasha Bulker… [3][30] Salvage costs of A$1.8 million were finally paid in July 2008. ... Wettest member (22) WIND AND P AT Z=1KM, 12UTC APRIL 22. During the evening, seven ships put to sea while another got underway and berthed that night. [12], While beached, Pasha Bulker was used as a billboard for slogans by Greenpeace on 27 June 2007. For a recent example of what can happen, Google “Pasha Bulker”. ]NG�j��I�)x�H@PHu��W��J�;���{&3�3��(�$b�IF"N8�A$I$�R�D��T4|"��Q��0Aw39�NJ��Ђ� Fa5�QDP#A�D�+("B�bTqC�~ ��7q�䛘�O��_\�lS@�t�(��(3����;^��xY:���u/g�/~�g�����zL�k1�� c�ߑ�jgA��òO�By0�om�q�m���;�-� WMp�l����@�hpm�Ѐs�V�ӎ���2{� ��!��`8�_���(Y����4��/�g[�I|�n�� ��I�:�"���9���u�r]� ��d�.����%4�����U��Y����=�e����1�m�Ȗ��)xH7��.�ۣ4�W�I^=b�4�3�[�h�/�:1�_��v V^ϻ��lގ/�����5d���-؄�k���M�)� ˘pu"�׏���x��,'�ë���x����8��<=�n� ���w0{���!N��!�g�%. University of Sydney Honorary Associate Professor Rob Wheen suggested liquefying the sand under the ship by pumping seawater into it. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}32°55′25″S 151°47′52″E / 32.9236°S 151.7978°E / -32.9236; 151.7978. started to … At midday on 7 June, Pasha Bulker’s master veered more anchor cable after noting a gale warning. Pasha Bulker beaching has also drawn parallels to the 1974 beaching of MV Sygna on Stockton beach, some 8 km (5 mi) further north, and Cherry Venture, which was beached during a storm in 1973 on Teewah Beach near Rainbow Beach in Queensland. ABC Newcastle. The Pasha Bulker storm was the 8–9 June event and is the focus of this paper. 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 0906, Pasha Bulker’s master altered course to put the wind on the port bow in an attempt to make good a southerly course. On its initial east-southeast heading, with the wind and heavy seas fine on the starboard bow, the ship’s course made good was in an east-northeasterly direction, parallel to the coast. Newcastle Beach stripped of sand following the Sygna storm of 1974. Fig. [33], In 2008, Pasha Bulker was renamed Drake. [20], Various attempts for refloating the ship were suggested. It was later determined that the liquid was simply lubricating oil expelled from the suspended propeller and snapped rudder; it was washed into the ocean with westerly winds. 74 0 obj <> endobj However, it is not the first ship to run aground in the area. Overall Length - 225.00 meters . Sydney Airport had mean wind speeds of 50km/h or stronger for 44 hours up until 5am on Wednesday - easily beating the 28 hours of such winds during 2007 east coast low … - ABC 50 km. In 1940 the TSS Maianbar, a 493-ton steamship, broke its towline while en route to Sydney and drifted ashore near where Pasha Bulker was beached. Working in the other direction is draft: a deep draft vessel will have a lot of “grip” on the water to counteract windage. h޼Xmo�8�+������q�U%�. The report said the master failed to realise the impact of the forecast weather in the anchorage even though wind warnings were received as early as 3 June 2007. [29] On 4 July 2007 it was announced that the Japanese owners had promised to pay for the total cost of the salvage in accordance with international conventions. At the height of the incident the ship's master had left the bridge to have breakfast. This was towards the inner edge of the anchorage, closest to the coast and potentially dangerous in the forecast conditions. ... , have moved further out to sea to ride out the storm and concern remains over the grounded M/V Pasha Bulker. endstream endobj startxref Pasha Bulker is now rolling heavily, beam-on to the heavy swell and wind, on a heading of 220 at more than 2.5 knots. [5] Pasha Bulker, along with 10 other ships, did not heed the warning. [27] It was then held 11 nautical miles (20 km) from the Newcastle shoreline and inspected by divers for oil spills and to determine the extent of the hull damage. "I've never seen the waves come in, to this extent, even when the Pasha Bulker happened in 2007, it wasn't this bad." The Sygna storm was a once-in-a-lifetime reminder of nature’s awesome power. "[13], Svitzer, a Danish company, was awarded the contract to salvage the bulk carrier. Rain and strong winds a typical feature and signature of an east coast low. 1.6. The Master was receiving weather reports by Inmarsat and VHF radio while at anchor. While waiting in the open ocean outside the harbour to load coal, Pasha Bulker ran aground during a major storm on 8 June 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Merewether at left, and Cronulla. Greenpeace stated that the protest was motivated by unnamed "scientists tell[ing] us that storm surges of the type that we saw earlier this month are something that we can expect more of as a result of climate change. The 300 hPa wind speeds have light shading above 60 knots, and dark shading above 100 knots. During the evening, seven ships put to sea while another got underway and berthed that night. %%EOF As the storm hit, Pasha Bulker could not clear the coast and it beached at 9:51am. Width - 32.2 meters. Cross Sectional Plane. At 0500 on 8 June, the wind had increased to strong gale force and the weather was severe. [1], The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released a report into the grounding, which includes analysis of port capacity controls, bridge audio recordings, radar tracks, ship's logs, weather and other ship movements at the time. The aftermath of the Sygna Storm, May 1974. [citation needed], The plan to salvage Pasha Bulker used anchors laid out at sea, which the ship was to use to then winch itself seawards, and three tug boats towing it with the aim of dragging the bow over a rock reef. While waiting in the open ocean outside the harbour to load coal, Pasha Bulker ran aground during a major storm on 8 June 2007 on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Four kilometres out to sea the Japanese salvage tug Koyo Maru connected lines to Pasha Bulker for it to be towed back to Japan. 89 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<8D6E06C15E07D518A6E6E52B0EDC4F2A>]/Index[74 34]/Info 73 0 R/Length 80/Prev 437684/Root 75 0 R/Size 108/Type/XRef/W[1 2 1]>>stream So when a bulker or tanker is fully loaded it will have massive draft and low freeboard and therefore little windage. The April 2015 superstorm’s strongest gust was 102km/h. The 'Pasha Bulker' storm caused $1.6 million damage Of the five lows which pummelled Australia on June 8 and 9, 2007 the “Pasha Bulker” storm was the most significant. A second small-scale low formed late on Friday evening and crossed the coast right over Newcastle in the early hours of Saturday morning, again bringing gale to storm force winds and the strongest observed wind gusts (135 km/h at Norah Head and 124 km/h at Newcastle). [7], During further stormy weather, the ship was pushed onto the beach so that it was almost parallel to the beach, and both bow and stern were stuck on the sand. The trail of mistakes and incompetence began on the evening of June 7 when warnings about an approaching storm were issued to 56 ships anchored off Newcastle. %PDF-1.5 %���� Of all the ships mentioned the Pasha Bulker will be remembered as she potentially could have caused serious disruption to our largest exporting port but thankfully she was ‘the one that got away’. This liquefaction should reduce the friction between grains of sand and in turn, friction between the ship and sand. A full description of the meteorology of the Pasha Bulker storm is given in Mills et al. [24], Salvage efforts on the morning of 29 June 2007 were hampered by more cables snapping, this time it was cables attached to the "Supertug" Pacific Responder and a sea anchor. [9], Its location on a popular beach and close proximity to the Newcastle CBD made Pasha Bulker a tourist destination and precipitated a minor economic boom. Up to eight people may have died after Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia experienced its worst storm in thirty years. 2010; Chambers et al. [citation needed], Final preparations to refloat the ship began on 28 June 2007 when the ballast water, added earlier to stabilise the vessel, was pumped out to aid buoyancy. 1.6. [19] In addition on 25 June 2007 an air exclusion zone was created around the ship. Speed: 14.50 knots. [23] This resulted in the decision to make another attempt after the salvage crews could regroup. ... CAWCR Tech Report on Pasha Bulker storm. Soon after the attempt started to shift the ship, one of the cables connecting the ship to the tug boat Keera snapped dashing the attempt. The Pasha Bulker was finally freed from Newcastle's Nobbys Beach in early July. Pasha Bulker The had been in the Newcastle anchorage since 23 May and anchored about 2.5nM (4.6km) off the coast. Another significan storm was the June Longweekend Storm of 2007 (Pasha Bulker Storm). Other notable east coast lows occurred in … At 0906, Pasha Bulker’s master altered course to put the wind on the port bow in an attempt to make good a southerly course. I happened to be working in Zaara Street when my wife rang to tell me that there was a ship in trouble off the Harbour. [14], On 9 June 2007 a salvage team, led by Drew Shannon, boarded the ship to assess the condition of the hull. On the morning of the 8th June, the Pasha bulker was struggling hugely with conditions - massive swell up to 17.9mtrs - which would ultimately see it stranded at Nobbys beach. Working in the other direction is draft: a deep draft vessel will have a lot of “grip” on the water to counteract windage. Volunteers reflect on Hunter Valley's Pasha Bulker storm 10 years on. This storm was so strong that it pushed a coal ship (the Sygna) onto Stockton; The impact of the storm on the dunes was that the 17 meter high waves washed over the well developed foredune areas in the centre of the bight and flattened them. (2010) ... mum wind gust speed recorded was 135 km/h at Norah Head, followed by 125 km/h at Nobbys Head at 1.30 am 9 June (Figure 3b). [7] The ship was empty of cargo at the time, waiting to load 58,000 tonnes of coal from Newcastle Port. [6] The ship never called for tug assistance, ran aground with a fully operational engine room and still had both anchors stored in the hawsepipes leading some maritime experts to believe that proper precautions were not taken by the ship's captain. At around 5.30pm AEST the tug boats began pulling on the lines attached to the bow on the port side and the ship appeared to move for the first time. At midday on 7 June, Pasha Bulker’s master veered more anchor cable after noting a gale warning. - ABC He looks out of his cabin porthole and sees something he knows shouldn’t be there: The coast of Australia to starboard. During its 150-minute peak the gale, with gusts of up to 172 km/h, buffeted the whole region and caused incredible damage. A famous shipwreck finally swallowed by the sea. The second mate went off duty earlier but can’t sleep because of the movement of the ship. It identifies several safety issues.[34]. The weather deteriorated with the southeast wind strengthening and rain becoming persistent. At the Nobbys Signal Station, the average wind speed reached a maximum of 105km/h from a direction of 100°TN at 0133hrs on 9th June with a peak wind gust recorded at 124km/h. The floodwaters had only just cleared from the Pasha Bulker Storm and the swell abated when the second storm struck. [15], It was decided that the refloating attempt would proceed despite concerns that the ship was too badly damaged to be refloated. On its initial east-southeast heading, with the wind and heavy seas fine on the starboard bow, the ship’s course made good was in an east-northeasterly direction, parallel to the coast. [11] Pasha Bulker was even advertised on eBay for a short time, with bids reaching $16,000,000 before eBay closed the auction. [6], After Pasha Bulker ran aground the 22 Filipino and Korean crew members aboard were successfully rescued by the Westpac Rescue helicopter service from the vessel, which grounded about 30 m (98 ft) from shore at the popular Nobbys Beach. separate storm was characteristically quite different, collectively, these storms resulted in widespread flooding and wind damage, coastal erosion, a record number of callouts for State Emergency Service assistance, grounding of the Pasha Bulker, (a 40,000 tonne bulk coal ship) on Nobbys Beach and the tragic loss of 9 lives. The floodwaters had only just cleared from the Pasha Bulker Storm and the swell abated when the second storm struck. The Sygna storm was a once-in-a-lifetime reminder of nature’s awesome power. I always have a camera with me and walked (read: struggled in the conditions) around to the road above Nobby’s Surf Club. endstream endobj 75 0 obj <> endobj 76 0 obj <> endobj 77 0 obj <>stream h�bbd``b`�$�� ��$����0��"&��� �� �J .���� 7#�n�La`�&�q�� �� , Pasha Bulker. ... as bulk carrier Pasha Bulker is grounded on a … Pasha Bulker’s master observed the deteriorating conditions and … The weather deteriorated and shortly after midnight, the wind had reached gale force. For a recent example of what can happen, Google “Pasha Bulker”. The coal ship Pasha Bulker ran aground on Newcastle's Nobbys Beach on June 8, 2017. Pasha Bulker storm 13 Queensland floods 15 5.1 Meteorological context 15 5.2 CASE STUDY: The 2008 Floods in Queensland – ... with estimated storm maximum wind gusts up to 20% greater. Merewether at left, and Cronulla. Sydney Airport had mean wind speeds of 50km/h or stronger for 44 hours up until 5am on Wednesday - easily beating the 28 hours of such winds during 2007 east coast low … This was towards the inner edge of the anchorage, closest to the coast and potentially dangerous in the forecast conditions. The vessel has since been repaired and returned to service. It is on these reefs where Pasha Bulker came to grief. [31], The New South Wales government did not press charges against the master because negligence could not be proved "beyond reasonable doubt". Salvage investigators confirmed on 11 June 2007 that the outer shell of the ship's double hull had been breached and was taking on water on the starboard side. [28], After the ship was refloated, questions as to who would pay for the recovery of the ship were raised. The Pasha Bulker was one of the last to do so and by the time the storm hit, the bulk carrier could not clear the coast. The Master was receiving weather reports by Inmarsat and VHF radio while at anchor. Ms Barr said the weather system was not an east coast low, the type of damaging storm that washed the Pasha Bulker ashore in Newcastle 10 years ago and claimed lives in the Hunter Valley in 2015. This gave the salvage team more insight into the direction for refloating the ship. So when a bulker or tanker is fully loaded it will have massive draft and low freeboard and therefore little windage. The Pasha Bulker is a 40,000 tonne coal carrier. At 0625, Pasha Bulker. [16] The salvage attempt was not to involve removing any of the fuel or oil off the vessel. Pasha Bulker anniversary: 10 years since coal ship ran aground on Newcastle beach during storm issue.time.months.hours ago Dan Cox. Near-cyclonic winds: Winds were remarkable for the duration of their intensity. ` D4[ “The captain of the ship was trying to reverse it and then jerk the bow into the teeth of the storm, so he was reversing down towards Nobbys.” “There is a great shot that [former Herald photographer Darren Pateman] got of the Pasha Bulker being hit by a wave and was bent almost over the rocks at the Cowrie Hole.” Whitelist us No thanks, I’m keeping my ad blocker on [37][38], June 2007 Hunter Region and Central Coast storms, "Japanese managers vow to pay Pasha Bulker bill", "Independent investigation into the grounding of the Panamanian registered bulk carrier, "2007 Nightmare: M/V Pasha Bulker - Cargo Law", "eBay Australia: PASHA BULKER CONTAINER SHIP", "Experts survey water around Pasha Bulker", "New exclusion zone as Pasha Bulker efforts continue", "Salvage of the Pasha Bulker from Nobby's Beach", "Salvage of stranded Pasha Bulker begins", "Crews regroup for next Pasha salvage attempt", "Coal ship refloat bid scheduled tomorrow", "Pasha swings round then gets stuck again, spilling oil", "Pasha's back:through the front door (video)", "No charges against Pasha Bulker skipper", "ATSB releases final Pasha Bulker report", "Independent investigation into the grounding of the Panamanian registered bulk carrier Pasha Bulker on Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales on 8 June 2007", "Shipwrecks of the Newcastle Region including Oyster Bank and the Hunter River", "Cherry Venture removal starts on Monday", "Cherry Venture - Picture Tour - Sunshine Coast Australia", Worst storm in thirty years hits Newcastle, Australia, Salvage crew boards grounded ship in Newcastle, Australia, Cargo Law site :: 2007 Nightmare – M/V Pasha Bulker, ATSB, News Release, Grounding of the Pasha Bulker on Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, NSW on 8 June 2007, Shipwrecks and maritime incidents in 2007, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=MV_Drake&oldid=1001638931, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 16:21. The third is the Pasha Bulker storm of 2007. Pasha Bulker 2007: it was the morning Newcastle will never forget. It was one of the largest disasters in Australia in terms of insured losses. This is especially the case when a ship, like the Pasha Bulker was at the time, is “light” (not containing cargo) because more of the hull is up out of the water and exposed to the wind and sea. [21] Whether this would have been effective in this case is unknown as Pasha Bulker was lying on rock as well as sand and the ship would have had to be pulled up and over the rocks. Metal beams could be seen reinforcing the buckled hull, as these were part of the temporary repair solution affixed at Newcastle. At the Nobbys Signal Station, the average wind speed reached a maximum of 105km/h from a direction of 100°TN at 0133hrs on 9th June with a peak wind gust recorded at 124km/h. A week after the Pasha Bulker ran aground, another ECL developed off the NSW Central Coast. Notice that the Pasha Bulker June 2007 storm series has been used for the unseen model validation. However, two separate oil slicks were detected in the vicinity of Pasha Bulker, prompting concerns about a potential oil spill. A second small-scale low formed late on Friday evening and crossed the coast right over Newcastle in the early hours of Saturday morning, again bringing gale to storm force winds and the strongest observed wind gusts (135 km/h at Norah Head and 124 km/h at Newcastle). Assessment by divers while the ship was being held offshore determined that one of the ballast tanks was flooded. Newcastle Beach stripped of sand following the Sygna storm of 1974. [36] It could not be refloated and was dismantled on-site. In June 2007 bulk carrier Pasha Bulker ran aground near Newcastle amid wind gusts up to 124km/h. It got off to an ominous start when one of the towlines attached to a tug snapped. The weather deteriorated with the southeast wind strengthening and rain becoming persistent. It got beached during a major wind storm in June 2007. At the time, the gust of 217 km/h was the highest gust speed recorded on mainland Australia and still remains the highest recorded in the Darwin area. Wamberal's erosion issues date back to a 1974 storm when houses along the foreshore toppled into the ocean. 19 ERA40 reanalysis fields of 300 hPa geopotential height and wind speed (left) and MSLP (right) at 36-hour intervals leading up to the development of the August 1996 east coast low. Bureau meteorologist Rosemary Barr said on Friday the weather system was not an east-coast low, the type of damaging storm that washed the Pasha Bulker ashore … 1 km. On 8 June 2007 at 0500, the Panamanian-registered bulk carrier Pasha Bulker was anchored 2.4 miles off the coast near Newcastle. Minor repairs to Pasha Bulker were conducted in Newcastle harbour before the ship was towed by the Japanese supertug Koyo Maru for major repairs in Japan. Nobby's Breakwater was originally built in the first half of the 19th century to protect ships entering Newcastle Harbour. It caused major flooding, it grounded the Pasha Bulker, 9 lives were lost, and a significant dump of snow was seen across the Barrington Tops and Northern Tablelands. Pasha Bulker ’s master veered more anchor cable after a gale warning was issued. 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 its new position, the bulker was only 50 m (164 ft) from water deep enough to refloat the vessel and get it away. A NSW Maritime report found horrendous weather conditions combined with poor seamanship by the master of the vessel were to blame. 2014) is named after the bulk carrier bearing the same name that was beached by the storm on the Newcastle coast on the morning of 8 June 2007. The ship was towed into Newcastle harbour where minor repairs were carried out while a decision on where major repairs would be completed was made. [10] One radio station promoted a song called "Blame it on the Pasha Bulker", a rewrite of the song, "Blame it on the Bossa Nova". I arrived in time to see the Pasha Bulker arrive and to watch the crewmen being retrieved. h�b```f``2c`a`��bd@ A�+P�c�Q2���M����!�>p> ��5^t�uۧ�\ĝ� ��w���%L�w(:��md�`��`�h� ؍R�l�K�4/�fc�c��-8ɼ�o���Υ��� �;��o��=�L}���@����؈��a$�Ϩ During its 150-minute peak the gale, with gusts of up to 172 km/h, buffeted the whole region and caused incredible damage. Ms Barr said the weather system was not an east coast low, the type of damaging storm that washed the Pasha Bulker ashore in Newcastle 10 years ago and claimed lives in the Hunter Valley in 2015. A week after the Pasha Bulker ran aground, another ECL developed off the NSW Central Coast. The coal ship Pasha Bulker ran aground on Newcastle's Nobbys Beach on June 8, 2017. separate storm was characteristically quite different, collectively, these storms resulted in widespread flooding and wind damage, coastal erosion, a record number of callouts for State Emergency Service assistance, grounding of the Pasha Bulker, (a 40,000 tonne bulk coal ship) on Nobbys Beach and the tragic loss of 9 lives. A proposed seawall has been mired in a planning phase for over a decade, sparking frustration among residents. Some stats from that system; * Lowest central air pressure - 990hPa * Strongest wind gust - 135km/h at Norah Head * Highest 24hr rainfall - 293.6mm at Mangrove Mountain. The ‘Pasha Bulker Storm’, as it has become known, was one of Pasha Bulker anniversary: 10 years since coal ship ran aground on Newcastle beach during storm issue.time.months.hours ago Dan Cox. The carrier would then be pulled seaward in a path between two rocky reefs. the most serious (in terms of impact) and resulted in widespread flooding and wind damage, coastal erosion, the grounding of the Pasha Bulker (a 40,000 tonne bulk carrier ship) on Nobbys Beach, Newcastle and the loss of nine lives. NSW: 'Where's the Sygna?' 107 0 obj <>stream The aftermath of the Sygna Storm, May 1974. Mountain Waves. 0 [8] However, it contained around 700 tonnes of fuel oil, 38 tonnes of diesel and 40 tonnes of lube oil, which if released could have caused an ecological problem. The third is the Pasha Bulker storm of 2007. The Pasha Bulker… It is 225 m (738 ft) in length with a beam of 32.2 m (105.6 ft) and a cargo hold capacity (grain) of 90,911 cubic metres (3,210,492 cu ft). 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. [22] An ocean swell up to 4 m (13 ft) pounded the ship and caused the bow to move back and forth even when tethered to the tug boats. The master also did not ballast the ship for heavy weather. [citation needed], In addition to large creases that were visible on both sides of the outer hull while the ship was beached, propeller and rudder damage became evident during the operation to remove the ship from the beach. [26], The ship was successfully towed off the reef on the third attempt at approximately 9:37pm AEST on 2 July 2007. This particular ECL was a relatively small-scale low, but still packed a mean punch. Wettest member (22) 10 KM + WV IMAGERY 06 UTC APRIL 21. The Pasha Bulker ECL (Mills et al. 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