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twin screw dry bulk carrier Iron Pacific
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No: 860   Contributor: Paul Mara   Year: 1996   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Australia
twin screw dry bulk carrier Iron Pacific

This was Australia's largest ship when we owned it, now been sold. She had two engine rooms.
Official # 851597, Tonnages 118491 gross, 71,793 net, 231,851 dwt.

She was the worlds largest twin screw dry bulk carrier on hercompletion 1986.
Picture added on 15 January 2007
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Hello I dont know how long ur sites been around for but ive searched for pics on IRON PACIFIC for a few years now and have found none i was wondering if u have anymore or know of any links to some , by the way the site is fantastic ill be back a lot more now ive found it .

Added by Tim W on 26 June 2007.
Hi Tim, as soon as I get my own computer back from the shop, I will send you any pics I have, my son was on her for awhile, Im using my wifes computer again and all pics are on mine .
Regards Paul.

Added by Paul Mara on 28 June 2007.
hello Paul, that would be fantastic i loved seeing her when she came into port (Kembla) she always made work come to a stop as we all watched her enter harbour, all ships large and small enthral me but she was just amazing and its been a real struggle to find anything of her since BHP let her go your site is amazing its the best site ive found Anywhere for australian shipping .. again thankyou

Added by Tim W on 28 June 2007.
Hello Paul My name is Steve Dart. I used to work for BHP shipping from 1994 to 2001 I did one ten week trip on the Iron Pacific, I have some good pics if your interested, i am trying to find a site the has the iron ships particulars like engine types and also crew lists if you know of any could you let me know cheers

Added by Stephen Dart on 08 July 2007.
Hello Paul Check out the photo sites under Berge Pacific you will find plenty of pics of Iron Pacific post BHP

Added by Peter Karberg on 19 November 2007.
I remember her coming to hay point I have photos of her i think it was on the belyando at the time

Added by ROCKO GIBB on 10 March 2008.
Iron Pacific is a ship dear to my heart. I was the construction supervisor for this vessel South Korea in 1985-1986. As suprintendent for BHP I managed this vessel from 1986-1991 and conducted her first dry docking in the Phillipines at the time of the disasterous Mt Pinetubo volcanic eruption. The ship was covered in a 200mm layer of volcanic rubble and dust and took enormous effort to return the vessel to sea worthy condition. It was sad day when BHP decided to sell the vessel to the Norwegians, Berge Pacific is the new name and she is still trading.

Wayne Owen Australia.

Added by Wayne Owen on 24 April 2008.
Hi Wayne, do you have any pics of her with all that rubble on her decks ? would love to see them .Yes a very sad day when they sold most of their vessels .I was on the old Iron Spencer when she was a coal burner, showing my age now
Regards Paul

Added by Paul Mara on 24 April 2008.
Captain John Hammond (my Father In Law) was the Master who brought the ship from Korea to Australia after its initial construction. I believe Captain Bolas and Captain Boland shared duties on the ship over the term of its tenure with BHP. He was also Master when she entered Circular Quay in Sydney in May 1987 (circa the 14th if I'm not mistaken as it was also our second son's birthday). John also experienced the Mount Pinetubo eruption and its surfing of huge waves on the way back from the Phillipines (this may have a been a contributing factor in his decision to retire). I have photos of our eldest son sitting in the Master's Chair on the Bridge when in Port Kembla and have fond memories of completing a total walkaround of the entire ship when in port. She was, indeed, a massive ship and one worthy of retention in our Maritime Archives. In fact, I believe a photo and collage of her exists at the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Added by Ron Warren on 16 September 2008.
I worked on this ship at SHI during it's construction, and we were responsible for the engine room monitoring and ships controls systems. This was the first ship we fitted with our latest equipment, and because of the problems we had the ship missed it's handover date. It was by far the largest ship I worked on, and I have fond memories of the time I spent working on her, even though we had big problems and it was very hard work. I haven't got any pics of the ship, so I am glad to stumble across this posting and reflect on past times.

Added by Paul Mayhew on 04 February 2011.
I was the radio officer aboard her when she visited Circular Quay back in 1987. Was one of her regular R/O's until leaving to pick up and undertake sea trials on BHP's new tanker Iron Gippsland at the end of 1988. The only ship I ever sailed on where you could leave something unattended for a while on a table and it would still be there when you got back!

Added by David Hawksworth on 08 March 2011.
I was Radio Officer on the "Iron Pacific" when we took her to the drydock in Subic Bay in June 1991 - and we almost immediately got buried by the eruption of Mt Pinatubo! I had a video camera with me and produced a videotape of the whole voyage for the crew (I am currently re-editing it digitally).

Until you have been intimately involved with an erupting volcano you cannot imagine how destructive and disabling an ash-fall can be. It's hard to believe that was 20 years ago because the memory of that ordeal is still fresh. Be that as it may, the "Pacific" was a very comfortable ship to sail on, and it was surprising just how quickly we got used to her size. Out in the middle of the open ocean she was just a pinpoint in a vast sea! I greatly enjoyed my time on her.

The twin screw, twin rudder design was unique for a ship of that size, and it gave her the manoeuvrability necessary for entering Port Kembla. The engines were operated like turbo-prop aircraft engines; propulsion forward and astern was controlled by pitch-angle of the blades since the engines were not reversible (unlike most slow-speed marine diesel engines).

A unique ship and a very efficient vessel for carrying bulk cargoes.

Added by Ned McIntosh on 03 August 2011.
I worked on this ship at SHI, for the radars and autopilot. Not sure how many sea trials but there were several.

Added by Jim Donovan on 02 December 2011.
I was a trainee Engineer at the time it went to dock in the Phillipines. Then sailed on her as third Engineer 1993 to 1995.
Ned the radio officer has a great film of that voyage.
Yes a great ship and a great time in my career at sea.

Added by Peter Salter on 17 November 2014.
Found your site and these photo's recently, my father Norm Brew (snr) was an AB on the Pacific which ended up being his last ship, prior to the Pacific he was on the Iron Whyalla, Iron Hunter and a number of other ships in the BHP fleet, I remember visting the Iron Pacific as a kid, would love to see more photo's

Added by Norm Brew on 19 April 2015.
Brother worked on the Iron Pacific and ended u telling me to give my own tours to friends Great memories.

Added by Rodmac on 30 January 2016.
I did 2 trips on her as AB in the late 1980s both times I was Shanghied off the Sydney roster. both trips were 70 days.

Added by Jim Savage on 14 March 2016.
Great ship. I sailed as cadet and third mate on her.

Added by David Ferguson on 19 January 2017.
While working at BHP I had the opportunity to tour the ship when docked at Kooragang coal loader on its maiden voyage to Newcastle. Fond memories of that visit and I enjoyed watching it coming through the heads of the port of Newcastle on subsequent visits. Later became friends with Peter Pickard sadly deceased now who was sent to Korea during construction and served as engineer on maiden voyage.

Added by Rob Milne on 20 February 2018.
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