Liberian-flagged Rena

12:13:00 PM

I wonder how are they gonna move everything back in order?

This is the the Liberian-flagged Rena, which has been stuck for more than two weeks on a reef 14 miles off Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island.

The 236-meter (775 feet) ship, which has large cracks down both sides, is mostly wedged on the reef but the stern is moving around.

"They have sensors on board the vessel now which are saying that it's got about half a degree of rotation and about a degree's lift at the stern," said Bruce Anderson, the salvage adviser for Maritime NZ, the government agency that supervises shipping.

The ship, which has about 1,200 tonnes of fuel oil on board, most in two rear tanks, could break apart. About 100 tonnes was pumped off before the bad weather, and another 350 tonnes has spilled into the sea.

The oil is as thick as peanut butter and recovery is slow


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