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Newcastle resumes limited operations

Sydney: Australian coal port Newcastle has resumed limited operations after closing on Friday due to extremely hazardous weather conditions that grounded Japan based Fukujin Kisen owned coal carrier Pasha Bulker.

The 76,781 dwt vessel, which is currently on charter to Danish ship managers Lauritzen Bulkers, ran aground when attempting to find shelter from the gale force winds.

The ship, delivered by Sasebo Heavy Industries in 2006, had no cargo aboard at the time of the incident, but had approximately 800 tons of bunker oil in its tanks. All 22 crew-members were successfully rescued from the vessel the same day as the incident.

Lauritzen, who told Australian broadcaster ABC that the outer hull of the vessel has been breached and is taking on water on the starboard side, has stressed that it will "follow the situation very carefully and do its utmost to assist and support the Japanese owner of the vessel as well as the (Japanese) shipping company that has the Pasha Bulker on sublet."  [11/06/07]

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