The Rena appears to have suffered structual damage and most likely will break-in-two unless salvors can make immediate repairs. The Rena developed a massive crack along its midsection of the hull after strong winds and 5 meter swells battered against the container ship. Seventy or more containers have broken free and have now begun to wash ashore. One container has been spotted spewing a trail of toxic blue and smoke. Many more containers on the vessel are damaged making the situation more dangerous for the salvage crew. Reports also state that even greater amounts of oil has started to come ashore along the shorelines around Tauranga, Motiti Island and the surrounding area.
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