A 20,000-tonne ship dragged its anchor in Wellington Harbour this morning, providing a dramatic view for Khandallah residents.
Khandallah's Joanne Neville photographed the ship about 7am from her home.
''It was incredibly close. It looked like it was drifting, drifting.''
Her parents had lived in the house for 35 years and had never seen a ship that close to shore, she said.
Wellington harbourmaster Captain Mike Pryce said the Kwela had been anchored in the harbour overnight near Aotea Wharf.
About 6am the wind caused it to drag its anchor and the Captain called the pilot, who safely anchored the ship further up the harbour in the lee of the hills near Ngauranga Gorge.
The ship had been under power and had not drifted, he said.International marine website marinetraffic.com describes the Panama-flagged IVS Kwela as a 176m bulk carrier with a gross weight of 19,872 tonnes.
Sergeant David Houston of maritime police said the ship was now okay and waiting for her berth to be available.
At 6.30pm yesterday a yacht broke its mooring in Evans Bay and got washed up on a nearby breakwater where it was taking on water.
While police launch Lady Elizabeth IV was dispatched, another boat towed the yacht to Evans Bay Marina where the Fire Service pumped her out.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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