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There were many variables that had to be worked around – night and day, tidal and current movements, wind, rain and inevitable equipment malfunctions. There was an air of jubilation but also a sense of sadness when Gary Webb, Minister Tripodi and Drew Shannon fronted at Nobbys Beach the next morning for what would be one of the last big media conferences. 2. People – including media celebrities – were placing bets. The bulker had been several miles offshore in ballast waiting for its turn to berth and load some 58,000 tonnes of coal. Quickly. Down in Newcastle car horns tooted. We might have oil in the water, he said. A downside was that Shannon, now a public face of the salvage effort, found it that bit harder to venture about. Pasha Bulker now pointing out to sea. It brought time and reduced pressure when the media may have gone for the jugular. 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. Naval architects and hydrographic surveyors were looking at what she could and couldn’t withstand. Everyone seemed to have an opinion, the latest word on what would or wouldn’t happen. ‘Well…. The exception covered a crucial area. Shannon was hardly in the mood for small talk as we waited for Gary Webb to arrive. “Had this heading been maintained, Pasha Bulker would probably have cleared the coast in an easterly direction,” it says. He said VTIC may have told the Pasha Bulker about the restricted area but it was "absolutely not" responsible for the way the master lost control. We can just smell oil. Yanking at the vessel prematurely might result in on-board fuel oil spewing into the water and the vessel being torn apart. The Pasha as seen from the air. That was the only mention of the “restricted zone” in the state report, and it was not until the federal report was issued five months later that its importance became clear. 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). So what was the secret of the success, Minister? 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. 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. Because the waves were rollers it was nonstop, and for a while going out there we couldn’t see the Pasha Bulker… Their only shield from the wind and the 18-metre white tongues of water, Mr Donaldson said, was the mass of the Pasha Bulker. 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. The second report, of 90 pages, was released by a federal agency, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, on May 23, 2008. All of Pasha Bulker ’s cargo holds were empty in readiness to load a cargo of coal, scheduled to take place in three weeks. This is the crucial question. If it turned out there was no oil in the water, so what? Drew was handling shore-side logistics and operations while his counterpart David Hancocks had the reins of on-board operations.   *** ANDERS Egehus outlined that if Svitzer was to head the salvage operation it would be overseen by the Holland-headquartered salvage arm of the business (Svitzer Salvage, now called ‘Ardent’), although the towage arm would play a big role providing tugs and personnel. The idea was to swing the bow until it was pointing at the ocean, then yank the vessel forward into deeper water. With the severe weather now on its port beam, the ship started moving west, towards the coast.   No one in the inner sanctum will forget the evening of July 2. Shannon basically said we can’t promise a good outcome, but we’ve got the best people and the best possible plan in play.    *** ONE of the most common questions was “how do you stop the vessel washing further onto the beach (or sliding uncontrolled off the beach) with tidal movements?” Put simply, the Pasha Bulker had been stabilised by ballast water (ocean water) pumped into the hull and ocean anchors secured to long cables. 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. 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. Her infamous name was dropped, and she now moves around global waters as the Drake. Any attempt would be time consuming, weeks, months maybe. With the tide high and three tug boats roaring to pull the Pasha Bulker free, exasperation fell over the media pack on the headland. MV Pasha Bulker leaves Newcastle Harbour 26 July 2007 for repairs in Japan. Yanking at the vessel prematurely might result in on-board fuel oil spewing into the water and the vessel being torn apart. Literally flinging away from the beach. We might have oil in the water, he said. Equipment and personnel would come from across the globe. THE wrinkling on the port-side of the hull gave away that the vessel was straining from the constant push of waves. These were important visuals, to show the media and the community that things were happening. 08.30am, June 8, 2007. After this time, the situation was more closely monitored and weather advisories were provided. The roads were blocked as people jostled towards the beach for a look. 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. It was a case of lying low until that happened. It just had to be clearly explained that identifying oil in the ocean at night is extremely difficult, so we wouldn’t know what we were dealing with until sunrise. An OIL SPILL! He exuded professionalism, honesty and credibility. And wasn’t she just. Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the We agreed to hold off putting a Svitzer “talking head” before the cameras until it was really needed. The idea was to swing the bow until it was pointing at the ocean, then yank the vessel forward into deeper water. Would she be cut up if she couldn’t be shifted, or, god forbid, would she remain on Nobbys Beach as a permanent eyesore, similar to the Norwegian Bulk Carrier the MV Sygna which beached only a few nautical miles north of Newcastle in 1974? ... now anchored 10 nautical miles off … He was straight-talking, no-nonsense and sure-footed. And if only those tapes had been working . I asked, feeling my heart buck. Posted 7 Jun June 2017 Wed Wednesday 7 Jun June 2017 at 7:29pm Share These before and after satellite photos show the big build up of sand on the beach to the south of the Pasha Bulker and show the rock reef bottom. “Oh, can I what . The Hunter River foreshore was lined with well-wishers who clapped and cheered the salvage team. Authorities alerted the vessels that a severe storm was approaching and requested all the vessels to move further out to sea. With my ex-journo juices flowing, I also called the chief of staff desk at National Nine News in Sydney where I’d been an on-road reporter for many years.         The first re-float attempt on the evening of June 28 failed due to a snapping tug cable (the entire precinct around the beach was evacuated should such an event result in a whiplashing cable reaching the shore and killing someone). I sensed it was a tipping point, a moment where they’d attack. A “super-tug” anchor-handling barge sourced from Asia was steaming for Newcastle.  But the biggest difference between the two reports lies in their treatment of what happened after the Pasha Bulker lifted its anchor, at about 6.30am. Everyone wanted a chat. 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. The state report says that between 7.20am and 9.30am the Pasha Bulker was told at least five times that it “ appeared to be dragging its anchor or drifting into the restricted zone, within two nautical miles, or 3.7 kilometres of the coast”. Pasha Bulker now pointing out to sea. At first light multiple media helicopters were buzzing around the Pasha Bulker (to hell with the aerial exclusion zone) looking for the mess. Not bad for a guy with no prior interview experience asked to stand in front of a global media pack. 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”. news, local-news, Pasha Bulker, Svitzer, Newcastle Harbour, Pasha Bulker storm. Pasha Bulker’s master altered course to put the wind on the port bow in an attempt to make good a southerly course. Part of the Pasha Bulker's rudder, which broke off during the salvage operation, is now part of a beachside sculpture. That was the only mention of the “restricted zone” in the state report, and it was not until the federal report was issued five months later that its importance became clear.  As the federal report notes, the purpose of “restricted area” (its formal name, rather than “zone”) is to “keep the [harbour] entrance clear for ships entering or leaving port”. Equipment and personnel would come from across the globe. The Newcastle and Hunter Region will never forget the weekend when storms and floods closed down the heart of Newcastle, the Pasha Bulker went aground on Nobbys Beach and the levee system around Maitland was pushed to its limit. The roads were blocked as people jostled towards the beach for a look. A downside was that Shannon, now a public face of the salvage effort, found it that bit harder to venture about. This was important because she’d suffer further damage if she grinded against her rocky landing area. Shannon basically said we can’t promise a good outcome, but we’ve got the best people and the best possible plan in play. There were gasps.     *** THE wrinkling on the port-side of the hull gave away that the vessel was straining from the constant push of waves. 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. The 40,000 tonne coal ship Pasha Bulker is seen being pulled away from Nobby's beach North from Sydney, 01 July 2007. With one exception, the state report gives NPC a clean bill of health, saying it “responded to the emergency in a very competent manner, exercising appropriate control and integrating with the other emergency services involved”. The vessel was patched up and eventually exited with no fanfare.                                A comical moment unfolded when Gary Webb, Minister Tripodi, their staff and I trod down the headland track for the nightly media briefing. The vessel was patched up and eventually exited with no fanfare. Little by little the Pash Bulker's nose rotated away from Nobby's beach - where it's been stuck in the sand for several weeks. At last, a breakthrough. By now the strong gale force winds are making the Pasha Bulker yaw through 60 degrees then, at 0625, her real problems begin: her anchor begins to drag but it is another 12 minutes, with the ship now 2.2 miles closer to the coast, before the chief mate realises the situation, calls the captain and tells him the ship has dragged ‘a little’. 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. The salvage team knew she would, in all likelihood, only hold up for so long. https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5456925151001, Newcastle Herald's trusted source for property, The state government's NSW Maritime report on the Pasha Bulker, SHARK SHOCK: Residents speak of horror as defiant locals return to water, A-League: Jets fight hard to upset Wellington and earn first win of the season, Pandemic delays opening of Nihon University campus, 'I was a shark sceptic', shocked resident says after attack, 'This is a whole different level': Best buds hit big school, W-League: Watch the goals as Jets make statement in rout of Wanderers. Things had to be explained factually and clearly. A slightly bearded man in his mid-30s dressed in orange overalls and pecking at his mobile device gave a no-nonsense glance across the table he was sitting at. Thankfully both were already doing a solid job briefing the media on location. If only ships could talk. Unfortunately the high tides were at night, and the headland was a cold and windy place to be in the middle of winter. Webb and his team received the update through their own channels almost at the same time. My unequivocal view was to go with what we knew, as scant and vague as the information was. “Can you see the ship?” Harvey asked as I got closer to Nobbys Beach. Thankfully she was empty and not full of coal. The media warmed to him and this was instrumental in forming an indelible impression with the public. And so, nearly two weeks after the grounding, it was decided to wheel out Drew Shannon. It was a natural disaster that made international news, synonymous with the image of a large ship, the MV Pasha Bulker, stuck on Newcastle's Nobbys Beach, … Nah… she was there forever. The media conference resumed. The media conference resumed. Yes, she might break up. An OIL SPILL! But it was the box seat to see what was going on. The next re-float attempt - courtesy of more malfunctioning gear - was put off until the evening of July 1. The media and public would crucify us if there was an oil spill and we’d said nothing about it. If only ships could talk. The Pasha Bulker is less than 50 metres from water deep enough to refloat it, New South Wales Ports Minister Joe Tripodi has said.. Might be nothing. The first re-float attempt on the evening of June 28 failed due to a snapping tug cable (the entire precinct around the beach was evacuated should such an event result in a whiplashing cable reaching the shore and killing someone). 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.”. 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. No one in the inner sanctum will forget the evening of July 2. My mobile phone rang. My phone rang all night - journalists all over the world wanting the latest on the Newcastle oil spill crisis. You didn’t just press a few buttons in such situations and see the beached ship off. If there’s a lasting legacy of the Pasha Bulker, it’s that it led to the creation of a new coal ship queuing system, where instead of the 57 ships that were anchored close into the coast back in 2007, waiting vessels now drift far out to sea, either east of Newcastle or up near New Guinea, as they wait their turn to load. Days later the Pasha Bulker was towed into Newcastle Harbour for repairs. A block-and-tackle network criss-crossing the bow would significantly enhance the pulling power of each tug. ... Pasha Bulker (Where Did I Go Wrong?) Naval architects and hydrographic surveyors were looking at what she could and couldn’t withstand. The exception covered a crucial area. . With one exception, the state report gives NPC a clean bill of health, saying it “responded to the emergency in a very competent manner, exercising appropriate control and integrating with the other emergency services involved”. “Had this heading been maintained, Pasha Bulker would probably have cleared the coast in an easterly direction,” it says. The operation would take time and might fail. Matthew Watson is a former communications consultant for Svitzer Salvage. Would she be cut up if she couldn’t be shifted, or, god forbid, would she remain on Nobbys Beach as a permanent eyesore, similar to the Norwegian Bulk Carrier the MV Sygna which beached only a few nautical miles north of Newcastle in 1974? The mantra was that a “flexible plan” was in play. Matthew Watson is a former communications consultant for Svitzer Salvage. My mobile phone rang. Unfortunately the high tides were at night, and the headland was a cold and windy place to be in the middle of winter. Consequently, the masters of those ships that were relying on guidance from VTIC probably did not assess the risks appropriately and eventually were surprised by the severity of the weather.”. Thankfully both were already doing a solid job briefing the media on location. ‘Well…. Gripping eyewitness accounts of the ship sliding her way onto Newcastle’s doorstep were all over the radio now. Webb and his team received the update through their own channels almost at the same time. The first report, of 60 pages, was handed down by a state government authority, NSW Maritime, on December 5, 2007. .” The hull of the 40,000 tonne Pasha Bulker was strikingly red. But the biggest difference between the two reports lies in their treatment of what happened after the Pasha Bulker lifted its anchor, at about 6.30am. The cargo ship is still stuck on Nobbys beach since then and it apparently becomes a new tourist attraction since then. We can just smell oil. A slightly bearded man in his mid-30s dressed in orange overalls and pecking at his mobile device gave a no-nonsense glance across the table he was sitting at. My phone rang all night - journalists all over the world wanting the latest on the Newcastle oil spill crisis. It was quickly confirmed that there was no oil (or a miniscule amount at worst). 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. It found that “verbal communications provided by NPC at the time of the incident were adequate within the existing framework”. The ship’s rudder however was jammed in the rocks off the beach, meaning the re-float was only a 99 per cent success. But it was the box seat to see what was going on. “By the early hours of June 8, a dangerous situation had already developed but it appears not to have been recognised until the corporation’s ‘incident control system’ was activated at about 8.30am. "We can't say that the master definitely turned because of the information from the [information centre] but we do say that the instruction was unnecessary, unhelpful, of no benefit and may have adversely influenced the decisions of the master of the Pasha Bulker and other vessels," Mr Squires said. And yes, the two official reports into the events of Friday, June 8, 2007, do lay the blame fairly and squarely on the South Korean in charge of the vessel. I’d handle media enquiries on behalf of Svitzer. It was Drew Shannon, on board the Pasha Bulker. 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