Dead birds found in NZ oil slick
A container ship that ran aground on a reef about 20 kilometres off the New Zealand coast has caused a five-kilometre oil slick.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has deemed the Liberian-flagged ship Rena hazardous after it ran aground on a reef early Wednesday, and the government says there is a risk it will break up. Authorities say four dead birds have already been discovered and two wildlife rescue centres have been set up.
MNZ says fuel tanks on the 47,000 tonne container vessel do not appear to have been ruptured.
"We are not aware of any actual breaches in the fuel tanks. However, because of the extensive damage to the vessel, it is difficult to determine accurately what the scale and scope of the damage is," MNZ on-site controller Rob Service said.
The Liberian-flagged container ship MV Rena is stuck hard aground on a reef 12 nautical miles off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, after striking the reef early in the morning. The 236 meter (774 feet) long ship has 1,700 tonnes of fuel oil and 2,100 shipping containers on board as it sits on the reef at a 10-degree list. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Alan Gibson)
Source: ABC News