Coal ship calamity narrowly avoided

DISASTER was narrowly avoided last year when a fully-laden coal carrier slewed out of the navigation channel at Newcastle Harbour, putting it at risk of running aground an investigators report has found.

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The Aquadiva nearly ran aground off Newcastle in 2017.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report into the near grounding of Aquadiva at about 9:23pm on February 12 last year the ship, carrying a full load of coal bound for Map Ta Phut,