The Rip

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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The tanker Iver Exporter heading out to Bass Strait through the fast moving current from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria Australia
Iver Exporter:
The last tanker built at the Halla Engineering & Heavy Industries shipyard Korea, was the Iver Exporter, hull number 1067, on July 12 1999 the yard started with the steel cutting and on June I St 2000 the Halla yard delivered the vessel to new owners. The vessel was registered in Majuro and entered the Iver Ships Pool at same date.
Specs: 183 M Length, 32m Beam,12m Draft
Main Engine Hyundai 10150 HP
Speed 15.5 Knots, Deadweight : 45800Mt

This stretch of water between the heads of Port Philip Bay is called The Rip only three kilometres wide, the waters are so narrow and volatile that trained pilots are needed to steer ships in and out of the bay.
The Rip is still a very dangerous area for all craft because of the strong tidal flow and the uneven nature of the sea bed and is at its worst when a full ebb tide of up to 10 knots meets a southerly gale. This and the fact that slack water is three hours after high and low water explains why so many ships were wrecked there in the early days. The ship’s captain timing his arrival for low water and expecting to get the first of the flood tide through the entrance found that he was caught in the strongest part of the ebb tide, and in trying to enter could be swept on to Point Nepean
See Port Phillip Bay Pilots Website

Nikon D300, Lens : 18-200 ED VR Nikkor
200mm, 1/500s, f/11.0, ISO:200

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