Emergency container Rena, stranded off the coast of New Zealand could fall apart because of the forecast storm, leading to spillage of fuel oil remaining in the holds, told New Zealand newspaper Herald.
Container ship Rena, which went under the flag of Liberia, ran aground on October 5. Spilling some 350 tons of fuel oil has heavily polluted the waters and killed more than a thousand water birds. Now the water around the ship is still visible oil film, and still holds about 100 tons of fuel oil. Earlier, Minister of the Environment called the incident the most serious maritime environmental disaster in New Zealand history.
Emergency services continue to work in the aftermath of an emergency, but how long they will last, it is not clear, the newspaper writes. According to forecasts of the New Zealand Navy Department, wind force on Thursday to increase to 30 knots, and the waves can reach four meters. In these conditions, container Rena, which is still in disrepair, could collapse.
It clarifies the Herald, emergency services try using metal "patches" of up to 0.7 tons to improve the condition of the vessel. Team of divers conducted an inspection and found Rena slight loss of stability on the right side. However, the sensors installed on the vessel and control its position, did not show any significant changes.
If the worst predictions come true, it is, according to the director of the center to rescue wildlife Gartella Dr. Brett (Brett Gartrell), could lead to a repeat of the situation two months ago, when scientists and volunteers had to wash the marine life from oil.
"It (the danger — ed.) Is still in the air. Now everything seems to be calm, but if the ship falls apart, all over again, and we will have the same problems as in the first days after the accident," — he said .
According to him, on Thursday morning, animal welfare advocates have released another batch of the sea washed hydrocarbons penguins. In Ecocenter are another 60 of these birds, as the coastline, where they lived until free from oil contamination.