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    Efforts to refloat the Pasha Bulker
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2007 Jun 30, 11:19 +1000

    Efforts to refloat the stranded Pasha Bulker in Newcastle continue,
    after an attempt on Thursday night's king tide (of only about 1.9
    metres; we don't have much of a tidal range here). Cables from sea
    anchors were attached to onboard winches, and a number of tugs also
    took up the strain. Two cables snapped but the ship was moved, mainly
    by pivoting on its axis by about 9 degrees. We awoke to television
    images of the ship surging to and fro in the swell. Sea water ballast
    was pumped onboard to stabilise the ship while another attempt was
    prepared, expected for tonight's high tide. Earlier planned ventures
    had to be postponed due to the continuing strong winds and high seas.
    
    Unfortunately, the ship shows signs of deterioration in its hull
    integrity. There are vertical folds apparent towards the middle of the
    hull, as if it was trying to bend in half.
    
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/06/25/1960555.htm  (nice photo here)
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/06/19/1955360.htm  (here too;
    from above)
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/saving-the-pasha-bulker/2007/06/28/1182624044139.html
    (another good pic)
    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21993271-421,00.html
    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21993371-29277,00.html
    http://media.smh.com.au/?rid=29108  (on this site you can watch the scene live)
    
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