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New Zealand Salvagers Re-board Wrecked Ship, Racing Against Time

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Salvagers went back aboard a grounded ship off New Zealand’s northeast coast Thursday in an urgent effort to drain its fuel tanks before the ship breaks in two. Improved weather after days of fierce winds and high seas enabled the salvagers to re-board the Rena, which has developed huge cracks in its hull since it […]

New Zealand PM Says Stranded Cargo Ship Could Sink

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he fears a possible break-up of a grounded cargo ship that is leaking fuel oil from its damaged hull. Mr. Key told reporters Wednesday that stress fractures have been discovered along the hull of the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena, and warned that the risk of the ship coming […]

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New Zealand PM Says Stranded Cargo Ship Could Sink

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he fears a possible break-up of a grounded cargo ship that is leaking fuel oil from its damaged hull. Mr. Key told reporters Wednesday that stress fractures have been discovered along the hull of the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena, and warned that the risk of the ship coming […]

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Filipino Captain Charged in New Zealand Oil Spill

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain of a cargo ship grounded on a reef off New Zealand’s coast has appeared in court in connection with environmental damage caused by the fuel oil leaking from the ship. The Filipino national appeared in a court Wednesday in New Zealand’s port city of Tauranga and was charged with operating a vessel in […]

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Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain of a ship that is leaking heavy fuel oil, while caught on a reef off New Zealand’s coast, has been arrested and will appear in court Wednesday. The Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena, loaded with about 700 tons of oil hit the reef off New Zealand’s North Island on October 5. Maritime officials say […]

Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand says an oil spill from a grounded cargo ship off its northern coast is now the worst environmental maritime disaster it its history. The Liberian-flagged Rena has been leaking fuel oil since striking a reef on Wednesday in the Bay of Plenty. Maritime New Zealand says between 130 and 350 tons of oil […]

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Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand says an oil spill from a grounded cargo ship off its eastern coast is now the worst environmental maritime disaster it its history. The Liberian-flagged Rena has been leaking fuel oil since striking a reef on Wednesday in the Bay of Plenty. Maritime New Zealand says between 130 and 350 tons of oil […]

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Oil from Grounded Ship Hits New Zealand Beach

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Clumps of fuel oil from a grounded cargo ship began washing up on the shore of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty Monday as salvage crews prepared for a storm bearing down on the area. Workers installed covers to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy seas and sinks […]

Storm Threatens New Zealand Oil Spill Site

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty, as a storm threatens to hit the area where a cargo ship ran aground on a reef Wednesday. Salvage teams have installed covers designed to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy […]

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New Zealand Starts Oil Slick Clean-up

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand has begun a clean-up effort to remove an oil slick created by a cargo ship that struck a reef off the country’s North Island. Oil recovery teams began scooping up oil that has leaked from the ship and salvage crews arrived Sunday to perform the sensitive task of pumping fuel from a crippled […]

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