Tug Kurutai in Newcastle Harbour – adjacent to Fort Scratchley – towing a barge out to sea carrying material dredged up from the shipping lanes to the Kooragang coal loader. The 255 ton tug was previously named Seatow 22 and spent a lot of time in NZ.
The harbour is presently undergoing extensive dredging to allow acess to the larger cape class coal export ships independent of tidal situations. The Newcastle coal export facility is being expanded to over 150 million tonnes of steaming coal per year.
The JPEG image (14.6 mb) was taken with a Nikon D800, tripod, shutter cable release on Monday, 9.7.12 from the Stockton side of the harbour,