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NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan guides the 273m long 'Oriental Tresaure' bulk carrier ship with a mother line off the bow from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: The 273m long 'Oriental Tresaure' bulk carrier ship heads to sea after guidance from Tugboat Master John Duncan and other tugboats from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan and other tugboats assist the 'Oriental Treasure' bulk carrier ship from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan guides the 273m long 'Oriental Tresaure' bulk carrier ship with a mother line off the bow from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan heads to a job with other tugboats to assist a coal ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan heads to a job with other tugboats to assist a coal ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan guides the 273m long 'Oriental Tresaure' bulk carrier ship with a mother line off the bow from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan heads to a job with other tugboats to assist a coal ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan heads to a job with other tugboats to assist a coal ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan guides the 273m long 'Oriental Tresaure' bulk carrier ship with a mother line off the bow from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan guides the 273m long 'Oriental Tresaure' bulk carrier ship with a mother line off the bow from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan prepares his tugboat prior to a job assisting a coal ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan heads to a job with other tugboats to assist a coal ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan releases from the 'Toro Orient' 225m long ship after assisting it from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan and other tugboats guide the 'Toro Orient' 225m long ship away from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal and through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan operates a tugboat in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan and other tugboats guide the 'Toro Orient' 225m long ship away from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal and through Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan assist the 'Toro Orient' 225m long ship away from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan operates a tugboat in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan and his deckhand assist the 'Toro Orient' 225m long ship at Kooragang Island Coal Terminal in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan operates a tugboat in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Tugboat Master John Duncan operates a tugboat in Newcastle Port on July 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle Port is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port by volume handling 4,600 ship movements a year transporting coal, general cargo, dry bulk, bulk liquids and project cargo. The majority of ships are carrying coal exports to the rest of the world and the port is a vital part of Australia's coal industry. Tugboat Master Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the 13 tugboats that operate in the port. The tugboats are critical to the safe passage of large ships travelling through the harbour and also arriving in port they provide assistance, and manoeuvrability to vessels. The modern tugboats have powerful 5600hp engines and compact stable designs capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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In Newcastle, Australia, Tugboat Master John Duncan guides the 890-foot 'Oriental Tresaure' carrier ship from Kooragang Island Coal Terminal through Newcastle Port.

Duncan and his crew are responsible for controlling one of the many tugboats that operate in the port. The boats are critical to the safe passage of large ships traveling through the harbor, providing assistance to vessels. Modern tugboats have powerful engines and their compact stable designs are capable of towing fully loaded ships much larger and heavier.

Newcastle is the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and the world's largest coal export port, handling over 4,000 ship movements a year transporting coal and other cargo. The majority of ships carrying coal, export to the rest of the world and is an extremely important part of Australia's economy.


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