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    Shipwreck In New Zealand – Oil and Toxic Substances

A Greek container ship ran aground on on a reef and started leaking oil. Tens of thousands of seabirds, seals, fish, whales, dolphins -and thousands of miles of coastline and reef will likely be severely affected. New Zealand’s BIGGEST environmental disaster.

Rena: Shipwreck That Shook A Nation
"The 21-year-old, 47,000-tonne box ship left Napier laden with 1386 containers 11 carrying hazardous substances, including ferrosilicon, which can ignite when in contact with water. The ship’s fuel tanks the main four located low in the now-damaged hull – contain 1700 tonnes of fuel oil and 200 tonnes of diesel. The vessel settles on a 10-degree list in a slight swell. It is the start of an unfolding disaster…"
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10759216

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