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New Zealand cargo ship splits in half

In what has turned out to be New Zealand’s largest environmental disaster ever, a grounded cargo ship split into two Saturday afternoon, raising fears of a fresh oil spill. According to the Associated Press, stormy weather caused the Greek-owned Rena to separate and resulted in 300 of the ship’s 880…

Struggle to get oil off stricken New Zealand ship

TAURANGA, New Zealand — Salvage workers struggled to begin pumping oil from a stricken container ship off the New Zealand coast as approaching foul weather threatened to disrupt the recovery. Meanwhile, authorities began to reopen sections of popular beaches near where the cargo vessel Rena ran aground 11 days ago…

New Zealand braces as oil slick ship breaks up

Salvage crews reboarded a stricken ship at the centre of New Zealand’s worst sea pollution disaster on Thursday as authorities ordered people off oil-blackened beaches. The crews, fearing that a breakup of the Rena was now inevitable, hoped to drain its fuel tanks to prevent further fuel from spewing into…

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