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Oil has started to wash ashore from the crippled container ship, Rena, which hit a reef in the pristine Bay of Plenty five days ago.
Recovery teams have been working to try to stabilise containers of fuel aboard the vessel ahead of strong winds and rough seas forecast to hit the area later today.
There are fears the rough conditions could see the ship break apart and sink.
Originally posted by CelestialSon
I'm so #ed off by this!
They stood around for about 2 days scratching their heads wondering if anything would happen
and now large amounts of oil washing up on the beach with dead birds and fish.
How, in this day and age, does a ship hit a reef with all the high tech GPS and sonar equipment these ships use??
Originally posted by muzzleflash
My bad, turns out the Rena is a container ship, not an oil transport.
So the leak will hopefully not be anywhere near the scale of an actual full sized oil spill from a tanker.
Still though, the corporations who transport all of this cargo are making big $$$, and they should have invested a little more into upkeep/upgrades on these vessels.
Rena: New hole - oil pouring out
An oil spill from the stricken cargo ship off the coast of Tauranga has increased in size "several times over" due to a new breach in a main fuel tank.
Maritime New Zealand said between 130 and 350 tonnes of oil leaked out of the Rena this morning.
It had previously estimated a spill of between 20 and 30 tonnes.
A spokesman said the massive new spill meant oil was now spewing from a main fuel tank on the vessel.
(source from the article linked by Aloysius the Gaul above).
Eight containers on the ship contain hazardous materials.
Four contain ferrosilicone, which produces a flammable gas when it touches water, and the others contain chemicals including a load of hydrogen peroxide.
"There is a possibility that containers will head off the ship because of the seas and the weather," Joyce said last night.
Originally posted by revman28
When will the oil companies be prosecuted for their crimes?
The Rena is covered for up to $5 billion in insurance claims - with up to a fifth of that set aside for pollution liability.
Owners of the Rena, Costamare Inc., are part of the world's biggest group of ship insurers and have organised substantial legal cover for the ship's captain and ship.