Stricken ship’s cargo and debris predicted to spread

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Containers and debris from crippled cargo ship Rena could be sighted along the Wairarapa coast within weeks, an ocean modeling scientist says.

Two weeks after Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga, New Zealand, remnants of its cargo have been washing ashore hundreds of miles away on East Coast beaches.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research scientist Mark Hadfield predicted containers and their contents will soon be found even further adrift, so swift are currents in the area.

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