Marine safety issues and actions
Safety Advisory Notice issued to: Owners, operators and masters of ships
|Date issued:||23 May 2008|
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|Background:||Why this Safety Advisory Notice was developed|
A number of masters at Newcastle anchorage on 8 June 2007 had inadequate knowledge of the local weather and the limitations of the Newcastle anchorage. Operational, rather than safety considerations, may have been the priority in their decisions to remain anchored. Consequently, most of the ships remained at anchor in heavy weather and later dragged their anchors.
Safety Advisory Notice
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that the owners, operators and masters of ships should consider the safety implications of this safety issue and take action when considered appropriate.