Ship previously manned by Pinoy captain "splits in two" off New Zealand coast; Oil spills, milk pouches and timber burst from containers
BBC News reports that the Greek-owned cargo ship MV Rena, which had run aground off the coast of New Zealand last year, "has broken in two, spilling containers and threatening a new oil spill." The report explained that the ship had "struck the well-marked Astrolabe Reef off the North Island resort area of Tauranga on October 5."
BBC News reports that the Greek-owned cargo ship MV Rena, which had "run aground off the coast of New Zealand" last year, "has broken in two, spilling containers and threatening a new oil spill." The report explained that the ship had "struck the well-marked Astrolabe Reef off the North Island resort area of Tauranga on October 5."
The report quoted Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) spokesman Ross Henderson, who told the BBC: "On Saturday night (January 7), the ship broke in two after being hit by waves of up to 6 meters (20 feet), heavy winds and heavy seas." As such the ship’s stern section snapped off and "leaked large amounts of fuel." Henderson disclosed that the ship’s "forward section remains firmly grounded on the reef, but the rear section has broken away." He also said that "the two parts of the ship were now 20 to 30 meters apart."
GMA News Online had reported last year that MV Rena had a Filipino captain. The report said New Zealand authorities decided to keep the 44-year-old captain’s name "under wraps" as there was public outrage over the initial oil spill. The captain and the crew were evacuated from the ship shortly after it ran aground last year. The captain was subsequently arrested and charged for violating New Zealand’s Maritime Transport Act.
BBC News also quoted a New Zealand Herald report which said that "tons of milk powder from one of the containers have spilled into the sea, making the water around the wrecked vessel murky." Timber is also among the debris.
BBC News noted: "Up to 300 of the ship’s 800 containers have been washed overboard, with most expected to sink. While a new oil leak is feared in coming days, clean-up teams expect it to be smaller than the initial escape. The stranding has been described as New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster."