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Dangerously listing, stricken ship sheds containers as crack appears in hull

The AP reports:

The Liberian-flagged Rena — which ran aground Oct. 5 on the Astrolabe Reef, about 14 miles from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand's North Island — was showing obvious structural strain from the worsening conditions, with a vertical crack apparent Wednesday on the starboard side of its hull from the deck to the waterline.

About 70 containers have fallen overboard as the 775-foot vessel has moved onto a steeper lean. Read the full story.

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Stranded cargo vessel Rena is seen grounded on the Astrolabe Reef in Tauranga, New Zealand, on October 12.

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Volunteers help with the clean-up of oil from the grounded container ship on October 12.

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A crack on the side of the cargo vessel Rena is visible as it remains grounded on the Astrolabe Reef on October 12.

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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, on October 12.

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Shipping containers that have fallen off the container ship Rena are washed up on the shore of Motiti Island on October 12.