Handling Hay Point drama earns safety gong
The Australian VTS Award was launched in December 2019 to recognise outstanding contributions to the safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of the marine environment.
Mr Bath was nominated after coordinating the response action of allied services including tugs, port pilots and helicopter operators when reports came through of a bulk carrier drifting 20m off the southern-most berth at the Port of Hay Point in the early hours of April 21 2019.
Within 10 minutes of receiving the call, the ship had turned 90 degrees to the berth and was in danger of being damaged and causing damage to its surroundings.
Mr Bath’s quick response ensured the vessel was brought back alongside within three and a half hours with no damage to the bulk carrier, other ships berthed at the port, the offshore terminal infrastructure or the environment.
Two other nominations have been highly commended.
Todd Stewart and Ricky Blake from Brisbane VTS received commendations for coordinating local vessels to assist in the search for a sinking recreational craft off Caloundra Headland.
Port Hedland VTS were commended for the successful response to a call from the bulk carrier Cape Reliance reporting people clinging to a drifting upturned boat.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said all nominees went above and beyond to keep people using their local waterways safe.
“Vessel Traffic Services are a key part in keeping Australia’s maritime industry moving and keeping vessels safe on the water,” Mr McCormack said.
“Each nominee kept their cool under pressure, combining quick thinking with swift action to save lives.”
Nominations for the 2020-21 Australian VTS Award will open on 1 October 2020.
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