Container ship could be stuck on reef for years

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The stricken container ship Rena might end up grounded on New Zealand’s Astrolabe Reef for months or even years and might have to be removed piece by piece, maritime experts believe.

The ship, which ran aground a month ago, was hit by strong winds and a 16-foot swell on Tuesday night, but barely moved.

Motion sensors through the ship found little movement through the storm.

Salvors were back on board the Rena Tuesday, after bad weather forced them off the Rena had around 1,700 tons of oil aboard when she hit the reef and now had about 300 tons left.

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Maritime New Zealand issued a release stating that more charges have been issued against the master and second officer of Rena.