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Rena oil spill

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Footage of the Rena oil spill in New Zealand

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Releasing the penguins rescued after Rena oil spill

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Army clean the beaches after the Rena oil spill off the coast of Tauranga

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Rena Oil Spill

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Penguin rescue at Rena oil spill, New Zealand - WWF staff with Maritime New Zealand team

The Rena oil spill occurred off the coast of Tauranga in New Zealand. The spill was caused by the grounding of MV Rena on the Astrolabe Reef. The Rena was a container ship and cargo vessel owned by the Greek shipping company Costamare Inc., through one of its subsidiary companies, and chartered by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The spill has been described as New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster.
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    • Sequence of events 

    • Media coverage and public reactions 

    • Cleanup 

    • Environmental impact 

    • Political consequences 

    • Criminal charges 

    • Past spills