Marine safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Newcastle Port Corporation
|Date issued:||23 May 2008|
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|Background:||Why this Recommendation was developed|
On 8 June 2007, Newcastle Vessel Traffic Information Centre asked the masters of three ships, including Pasha Bulker, to leave the restricted area off the ports entrance. Given that all three ships were struggling to clear the coast and that there was no need to keep the area clear because there was no traffic into or out of the port, these communications were of no benefit and unnecessary, and may also have adversely influenced the decisions of masters, including Pasha Bulker's.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Newcastle Port Corporation take action to address this safety issue.