The Pasha Bulka is a 76,741 metric tonne (deadweight) bulk carrier that ran aground on Nobby's Beach, Newcastle during heavy storms on June 8, 2007. Nobby's Beach is the central beach in Newcastle, and the beached carrier drew massive crowds and media attention not just in the Huner Region, but across the country. Would she ever get off the sand? How could it be done? Would Novacastrians have to get used to the site of a massive red ship smack-bang in the middle of their local beach?
The twenty-two crew members were successfully taken ashore by helicopter and various salvage efforts were attempted. In fact, it took three attempts and almost a month to get the ship off the reef.
Varley was commissioned to play a part in the salvage, with six men aboard to assess the situation and aid the re-floating efforts. It was a nod to the company's heritage and experience in ship work and a gratifying moment for the proudly Newcastle company.
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