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Ship Spill Becomes New Zealand's Worst Eco Disaster October 21, 2011
Rena listing off New Zealand
Containers tumbling off the listing MV Rena in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.
Nearly 1,000 birds died after being coated with oil leaked from a container ship grounded on a reef just off northern New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty coast.

Many of the 130 surviving oiled birds that were being cleaned at a rescue facility were blue penguins, along with some fur seals.

Rough seas and bad weather prevented salvage workers from removing the remaining 1,300 tons of oil from the Liberian-registered MV Rena, which had nearly split in two since running aground on Oct. 5.

The ship’s captain was arrested and charged with unsafe navigation that led to New Zealand’s worst-ever environmental disaster.

Photo: Maritime New Zealand