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Stricken New Zealand Ship May Break Apart Or Sink | Care2 Causes

Stricken New Zealand Ship May Break Apart Or Sink | Care2 Causes

Written by Nick Perry, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Salvage crews raced Monday to pump oil from a stricken ship teetering on a reef off the New Zealand coast, while also preparing for the worst: Authorities believe the vessel will break apart or sink soon. The salvage work resumed late Sunday after a halt of about a week due to severe weather. Progress has been limited — just 82 tons of oil have been removed while an estimated 1,400 tons of fuel remains aboard. The Rena grounded Oct. 5 on the Astrolabe reef 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand’s North Island, setting off what officials have called the country’s worst maritime environmental disaster. An estimated 350 tons of oil have spilled into the sea near beaches on New Zealand’s North Island, killing more than a thousand sea birds. And with the weather expected to worsen agai...

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