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Stranded ship sinks

<p>The bow section of the stricken container ship Rena remains above water off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, April 4, 2012. 


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The bow section of the stricken container ship Rena remains above water off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The bow section of the stricken container ship Rena remains above water off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The bow section of the stricken container ship Rena remains above water about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand</p>

The bow section of the stricken container ship Rena remains above water about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The bow section of the stricken container ship Rena remains above water about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The bridge of the container ship "Rena" is visible beneath the water on Astrolabe Reef, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 19, 2012. 


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The bridge of the container ship "Rena" is visible beneath the water on Astrolabe Reef, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The bridge of the container ship "Rena" is visible beneath the water on Astrolabe Reef, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>Debris floats around the remains of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012.

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Debris floats around the remains of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

Debris floats around the remains of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>Debris floats around the stricken container ship Rena as it is submerged, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. 


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Debris floats around the stricken container ship Rena as it is submerged, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/LOC

Debris floats around the stricken container ship Rena as it is submerged, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/LOC

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<p>Debris floats around the remains of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. 


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Debris floats around the remains of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

Debris floats around the remains of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>Debris floats around the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. 

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Debris floats around the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

Debris floats around the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>Debris floats around the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. 


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Debris floats around the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

Debris floats around the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena as it submerges, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The stricken container ship Rena sits on a reef after it separated into two after being battered by waves the previous night, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island January 8, 2012. 


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The stricken container ship Rena sits on a reef after it separated into two after being battered by waves the previous night, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime...more

The stricken container ship Rena sits on a reef after it separated into two after being battered by waves the previous night, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>A sheen of oil which had leaked overnight from the stricken container ship Rena is seen, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 23, 2011. 

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A sheen of oil which had leaked overnight from the stricken container ship Rena is seen, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

A sheen of oil which had leaked overnight from the stricken container ship Rena is seen, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>Containers on the stern deck of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena hang precariously, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 20, 2011. 

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Containers on the stern deck of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena hang precariously, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 20, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

Containers on the stern deck of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena hang precariously, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 20, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy swells, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 19, 2011. 

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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy swells, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy swells, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>A view looking out from the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 23, 2011. 

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A view looking out from the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Svitzer/Handout

A view looking out from the bridge of the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Svitzer/Handout

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<p>A container spilled from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena washes up on the shores of Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty, south of the Astrolabe Reef, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 19, 2011. 


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A container spilled from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena washes up on the shores of Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty, south of the Astrolabe Reef, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island,...more

A container spilled from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena washes up on the shores of Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty, south of the Astrolabe Reef, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The tanker Awanuia and a tug boat carry out operations to pump oil from the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand</p>

The tanker Awanuia and a tug boat carry out operations to pump oil from the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The tanker Awanuia and a tug boat carry out operations to pump oil from the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The broken and twisted bow of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena is seen, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 20, 2011. 

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The broken and twisted bow of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena is seen, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 20, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

The broken and twisted bow of the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena is seen, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 20, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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<p>A large crack shows on the port side of the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. 


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A large crack shows on the port side of the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

A large crack shows on the port side of the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>Debris and a container from the stricken container ship Rena lie on the beach just south of Mount Maunganui, October 13, 2011. 


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Debris and a container from the stricken container ship Rena lie on the beach just south of Mount Maunganui, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

Debris and a container from the stricken container ship Rena lie on the beach just south of Mount Maunganui, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>A large crack in the deck on the starboard side of the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles (22 km) from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. 


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A large crack in the deck on the starboard side of the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles (22 km) from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

A large crack in the deck on the starboard side of the stricken container ship Rena, about 14 nautical miles (22 km) from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The stricken container ship Rena lists to Starboard, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 18, 2011. 


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The stricken container ship Rena lists to Starboard, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The stricken container ship Rena lists to Starboard, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The fractured and twisted bow section of the stricken container ship Rena is visible, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 18, 2011. 

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The fractured and twisted bow section of the stricken container ship Rena is visible, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

The fractured and twisted bow section of the stricken container ship Rena is visible, about 14 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 15, 2011. 



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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Svitzer/Handout

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Svitzer/Handout

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<p>A New Zealand Air Force helicopter winches a salvage expert onto the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 13, 2011. 

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A New Zealand Air Force helicopter winches a salvage expert onto the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Air Force helicopter winches a salvage expert onto the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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<p>Dead seabirds are seen on the shore as thick fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena fouls beaches at Papamoa, near Tauranga, October 12, 2011.


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Dead seabirds are seen on the shore as thick fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena fouls beaches at Papamoa, near Tauranga, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Dead seabirds are seen on the shore as thick fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena fouls beaches at Papamoa, near Tauranga, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>A container that has toppled off the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena washes up on the shoreline of Motiti island, just off Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011.



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A container that has toppled off the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena washes up on the shoreline of Motiti island, just off Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Martime New Zealand

A container that has toppled off the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena washes up on the shoreline of Motiti island, just off Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Martime New Zealand

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy swells, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, a week after hitting the Astrolabe Reef, October 12, 2011.



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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy swells, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, a week after hitting the Astrolabe Reef, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Alen/Martime New Zealand more

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy swells, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, a week after hitting the Astrolabe Reef, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Alen/Martime New Zealand

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. 


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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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<p>A dead seabird is seen on the shore as thick fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena fouls beaches at Papamoa, near Tauranga, October 12, 2011.


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A dead seabird is seen on the shore as thick fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena fouls beaches at Papamoa, near Tauranga, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

A dead seabird is seen on the shore as thick fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena fouls beaches at Papamoa, near Tauranga, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. 


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Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Alen/Martime New Zealand more

Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Alen/Martime New Zealand

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. 


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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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<p>Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. 


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Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Blair Harkness/Martime New...more

Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Blair Harkness/Martime New Zealand

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<p>Clean-up crews work to clean up Papamoa Beach, near Tauranga, after fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena washed up on the shore, October 13, 2011.



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Clean-up crews work to clean up Papamoa Beach, near Tauranga, after fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena washed up on the shore, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

Clean-up crews work to clean up Papamoa Beach, near Tauranga, after fuel-oil from the stricken container ship Rena washed up on the shore, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Maritime New Zealand

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. 


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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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<p>Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011.



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Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Blair Harkness/Martime New...more

Containers from the 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena float next to it after falling from the deck, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Blair Harkness/Martime New Zealand

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<p>The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. 

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The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

The 47,230 tonne Liberian-flagged Rena lists in heavy morning seas, about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, October 12, 2011. REUTERS/New Zealand Defence Force

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