Pasha Bulker is Finally FREE!

Pasha Bulker Finally Free

It’s officially we’ve had reports from our resident reporters Ian & MarkL, fellow bloggers and the “real” media all confirming that the coal ship Pasha Bulker was freed from Nobby’s Beach.

If anyone has any video of the last salvage effort please send them to tips {at} gcaptain.com otherwise check out the webcam footage from the beach and keep an eye out for updates to our Pasha Bulker Slideshow.

 

The Australian tells us:

It began its journey within seconds of NSW Ports Minister Joe Tripodi saying that it was uncertain whether it would move tonight, although good progress had been made to that point.

The ship appeared to be about 500 metres offshore by about 2141 AEST and was still moving.

The ship moved off silently, with no noise as it came off the reef. The first sound that could be heard from the ship was a “yahoo” from one of the members of the salvage team.

Mr Tripodi was happy to see the Pasha Bulker finally move off.

“We’re happy to see it off,” he told Sky News.

Mr Tripodi praised the work of the salvage team and the Newcastle Ports Corporation.

“It’s the result of a team working together to achieve a result for the environment, for Newcastle and for everyone involved,” he said.

“It’s just great to see this ship moving out to sea peacefully, quietly and most importantly we hope without leaving any oil behind.”

Authorities had remained on high alert for oil spills, after two leaks were detected during last night’s salvage effort.

Conditions tonight were perfect for what was the third attempt to refloat the ship, with calm seas and a high tide. READ MORE…

All I can say is congratulations for a job well done by the crew of Svitzer Salvage.

For more on this incident be sure to check out our previous coverage of the event: LINK

UPDATES:

Here are some updates to this story:

Pasha Bulker report expected next month
ABC Online, Australia – Jul 4, 2007
The New South Wales Ports Minister says the Government’s investigation into the grounding of the Pasha Bulker is progressing well, with a report expected to
Pasha Bulker recovery hampered by winds NEWS.com.au
Japanese managers vow to pay Pasha Bulker bill ABC Online
Taxpayers will not foot Pasha bill The Australian


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