Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Container ship runs aground


Ships are good provided they don't run aground.

There are renewed fears the stern of the Rena will break away and sink.

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has revealed there are cracks in the hull and a ONE News chopper also sighted the cracks today.

The aerial footage showed a large one on the starboard side.

12:36 More oil reaches BOP coast (2:48)
12:38 Ships warned after containers tumble ()
07:59 Containers fall from Rena (4:45)

MNZ says the Rena's bow is still stuck fast on rocks, but the stern is being swung about by huge swells, stressing the ship's structure.

Maritime New Zealand advisor Captain John Walker, who was one of the last people evacuated off the vessel last night, said there is a fold on the port side and the cracks on the vessel "are getting worse".

The intention is to try to hold the ship on the reef as it will not float if it splits, he said.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Have all the people been gotten out?

Ginny Hartzler said...

I got the tea glasses from the Keurig website. They also have screw on lids and a hole for the washable straw. They hold about a pint.

The JR said...

That's sad.