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    Re: Yesterday in Newcastle
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2007 Jun 15, 13:59 -0700

    The Pasha Bulker, for such is the name of this ill-fated 40,000 tonne
    bulk coal carrier, remains firmly wedged on Nobbys Beach at Newcastle,
    although I don't think anyone underestimates the difficulties involved
    in dragging it off there. The most powerful tugs in the land, from
    Sydney and Melbourne, have arrived and are now standing by as
    operations continue. Although the hull has been partially breached it
    is hoped the inner hull is unaffected. Another gale has been forecast
    for this weekend. So far it is just raining.
    This sorry episode has added a new phase to the language, donated by
    the surfing and youth culture of Newcastle. 'Doing a Pasha' means just
    landing somewhere unexpectedly and hanging out, despite being clearly
    uninvited and unwelcome. Being an awkward guest, difficult to get rid
    Pasha International was the last shipping company I was contracted with
    when I was actively going to sea working the big shipping rigs. Good
    company to work with. The company knows how to take care of its officers
    and rates and the company vessels I sailed on (7 years total with Pasha
    Int.) were well maintained and up to date. It could have been any ship
    from any shipping firm that ran aground.
    But it did give me a chuckle hearing "Doing a Pasha".
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