AMSA issues direction to MV Portland Bay to return to harbour

AMSA Media Release

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), as Maritime Emergency Response 
Commander, has issued a legal direction to the ship’s master of the MV Portland Bay and 
salvage team that the vessel must be moved to a berth in Botany Bay today.

Bad weather preventing the movement of the vessel into harbour has now subsided. The 
vessel must comply with the direction to move to harbour today as more bad weather is 
forecast for Thursday.

AMSA has been working closely with the appointed salvor to task emergency towing vessel 
Glenrock in combination with other tug assets supporting the vessel, to move the MV 
Portland Bay to assist with repairs to the stricken vessel.

The Glenrock arrived on the scene from Newcastle yesterday morning and has large vessel 
towing capability which can safely move the stranded Portland Bay into a harbour berth. 

AMSA Executive Director Response Mark Morrow said “We are expecting the Portland Bay 
to be moved as early as possible today utilising the Glenrock which has now secured towing 
cables. It is vital that the vessel be moved into safe harbour before the next front of bad 
weather arrives tomorrow.” 

“As always, we want to ensure that the crew are safe and the vessel can be made sea 
worthy while the next east coast low passes through the region. 

“We will continue to work with the NSW Port Authority to ensure this happens as soon as 

The MV Portland Bay has been anchored off Cronulla Beach since early Monday evening 
after breaking free from towing cables attached to smaller tugs which had been attempting to 
move the vessel away from the shore. 

“Those smaller tugs have done amazing work over the past 24-36 hours ensuring the 
stricken vessel did not drift onto some of Sydney’s most pristine coastline.” 

The MV Portland Bay left Port Kembla on Sunday 3 July and experienced engine failure 1.2 
kms east of Garie Beach, NSW on Monday morning. The vessel has 21 people on board.  


Interviews with Mark Morrow, AMSA Executive Director available upon request.  
Please contact AMSA Media on 1300 624 633 or email


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