October 13, 2011
Soldiers scour the beach next to a beached container in Tauranga, New Zealand. Up to 350 tonnes of oil has spilled from the "Rena" a Liberan cargo ship stricken off the coast of Tauranga since October 5. The ship's Filippino captain has been charged and is facing an NZ$10,000 fine or 12 months jail. New Zealand Officials are calling this the worst maritime environmental disaster in the country's history and claim it is likely to worsen before it improves.