TAURANGA, New Zealand — Crews in New Zealand are fighting high winds as they attempt to recover oil from a ship carrying nearly 500,000 gallons of fuel that ran aground last week after striking a coral reef, CNN reported.
The Rena, a vessel from Liberia, began leaking oil last Wednesday after it collided with Astrolabe Reef, about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Tauranga.
Approximately 10 tons of fuel has been transferred to tanks on board a barge, but the recovery operation was suspended as the weather is expected to deteriorate Monday.
“This is a very large ship, that in calm waters has hit an extremely well documented reef,” said New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. “Some serious questions need to be answered about why that happened and who is responsible.”