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Gale force winds have lashed the NSW coast for the past 48 hours leaving devastation in their wake. Small craft have been swept from moorings , coastal roads have partially collapsed with a family of five swept to their death, ferry services have been cancelled and two bulk coal carriers are aground near Newcastle , north of Sydney.





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Mother Nature does have a way of reminding us just who the boss is, and just how puny and insignificant man really is. Sad to hear of the loss of life, all else can be fixed or replaced.

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Do you know what kind of wind speeds and what height of storm surge they're seeing there??
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I read something about this the other day. What was the deal with the bulk carriers waiting to load? And why, in poor holding ground, did they not put out to sea? Couple of ship's masters with some 'splainin' to do.
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Gale force winds have lashed the NSW coast for the past 48 hours leaving devastation in their wake. Small craft have been swept from moorings , coastal roads have partially collapsed with a family of five swept to their death, ferry services have been cancelled and two bulk coal carriers are aground near Newcastle , north of Sydney.
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At risk of pricking your insightful balloon (g) New Jersey got it's name in much the same fashion.
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I read something about this the other day. What was the deal with the bulk carriers waiting to load? And why, in poor holding ground, did they not put out to sea? Couple of ship's masters with some 'splainin' to do.
Comes down to general incompetence and lack of planning. Newcastle is one of if not the largest coal loading ports in Australia but due to huge export demand and lack of port facilities there is a massive backlog of ships anchored off Newcastle waiting to enter port. When we sailed up that way over New Year we counted 57 ships at anchor.

When the storm front was approaching all those ships were warned to put to sea but for some reason the Captains of a number of them took no action. For one ship this was the result.

SD - Sorry I don't have those figures but I think I heard someone mention in excess of 70 knots but that would be peak. The problem with these fronts is more the seas they bring with them than the winds. Off the coast of Sydney there is not much between you and the Antarctic, it can certainly be a very dirty puddle at times. That shot of the ferry was taken inside Sydney Harbour btw just before they stopped running. We tend to get one of these storms every few years, it was one of these that decimated the Sydney - Hobart race fleet a few years back.
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Gezzz Louise, I guess that's a bit of a blow
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Newcastle should invest in upgrading their marine facilities...
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