TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 13: In this handout provided by New Zealand Defence Force, Air Force Iroquois helicopter winches a salvage expert onto grounded vessel, Rena, on October 13, 2011 in ... more 
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 13: In this handout provided by New Zealand Defence Force, Air Force Iroquois helicopter winches a salvage expert onto grounded vessel, Rena, on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. The 47,000 tonne Rena, a Liberan container vessel, struck a reef on Wednesday causing an oil leak that has spread over five kilometres. Authorities are preparing for the worst environmental disaster in New Zealand history should the vessel break up and spill 1,700 tonnes of fuel into the Bay of Plenty. (Photo by New Zealand Defence Force via Getty Images) less 
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