sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Marina design questioned after Cyclone Yasi destroys $30m in yachts

Marina design questioned after Cyclone Yasi destroys $30m in yachts

'Port Hinchinbrook Marina today'    .
Marina design has come under the spotlight following Australia's Cyclone Yasi and this has implications for areas around the word, where cyclone hurricane or typhoon surges can raise sea levels. Floating pontoons in Port Hinchinbrook marina simply floated off the top of the pylons, releasing the yachts to be washed onto the shore and destroyed. This is the claim being made by some owners who lost their boats in the cyclone.

A group of boat owners from the once luxurious marina said their boats would not have sunk last week by Cyclone Yasi if the marina’s pylons had been higher. The cyclone tore through the town marina and sank dozens of boats, with an estimated value of AUS$30m. The three-metre storm surge lifted many of the boats off their pilings while the 100knot winds crushed them against the shoreline.

'I'm very pissed off,' Peter Craw, whose boat Ramia was destroyed in the marina, told Brisbane's Courier Mail. 'They (The boat owners) have talked about extending the pylons because in Cyclone Larry we didn't have far until the boats floated off. If they were another metre or two metres (higher) we would have been safe.'

More than 70 vessels are still piled in the marina.

Port Hinchinbrook Marina as it once was -  .. .  
'I am just dead now. I was angry and have sat there for two days with the boat,' said Steve Crothers, another owner whose boat sunk to the bottom of the marina. He said there was 'every chance' the boat would have survived if the pylons had been higher.

'Clearly the pontoons floated off the top, so I guess if they were higher that might not have happened, there's no doubt about that,' Bill Shannon, mayor of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, confirmed to the paper.

A spokesman for the Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe told the paper that the pylon height question was being investigated. 'The Department of Infrastructure and Planning will be working with council and the relevant government agencies to determine what happened at Port Hinchinbrook,' the spokesman said.

Ben Williams, who runs the marina, said every marina in the area would have had the 'exact same occurrence' if it had been hit by the cyclone.

'What people seem to be forgetting is that this was a massive cyclone, a one-in-a-thousand-year event that couldn't be predicted,' he said.

'It's an absolute absurdity to suggest the pylon heights had anything to do with the destruction we saw.

'Could we have built bigger pylons? Of course we could have. But we built in line with expert advice from engineers.'

Mr Williams said the development company had commissioned a study from marine scientists at James Cook University in 2004 about the highest level floodwaters would reach, but the levels recorded by the floods from Yasi were well above that.

He defended advice to boat-owners to keep their yachts in port rather than go into the creeks on Hinchinbrook Island, which is where they have traditionally gone to shelter from storms.

'If that had happened, then I would have feared for the safety of anyone in a boat during that cyclone,' Mr Williams said.

The fact that Cyclone Yasi was the worst cyclone in living memory to hit the east coast of Australia, of the same strength as Katrina but twice as large, could be the reason why engineers had not envisaged such a surge.

There was almost no loss of life during the cyclone because of good warning by weather forecasters, good preparation by authorities led by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and good cooperation by the population of the affected areas.




by Lee Mylchreest

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80082

10:10 PM Tue 8 Feb 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,
















America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT