One of the cables connecting the stranded freighter Pasha Bulker to a tugboat at Newcastle's Nobbys Beach has snapped, as efforts are made to refloat the freighter.
The tugboat has now moved further out to sea.
Two tugboats are still connected to the Pasha Bulker and their engines are working hard against the line.
There are also three deep-sea anchors connected
the Pasha Bulker and it is hoped that when the tide peaks, the ship will be able to refloat and move further out to sea.
The bow of the ship is starting to move slightly as the ballast water
continues to be pumped out, as waves lash the side of the hull.