Astrolabe Reef is near Motiti Island, off the Bay of Plenty coast in New Zealand. The reef, which breaks the water surface at low tide, is a renowned scuba diving spot that drops off to 37 metres (121 ft) in different parts. The reef was named by Jules Dumont d'Urville after his ship Astrolabe, when it nearly ran aground there on 16 February 1827.
Grounding of Rena
On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, the MV Rena ran aground on the reef. By Sunday, 9 October, a 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) oil-slick threatened wildlife and the area's rich fishing waters. MV Rena is a container ship, with some of her cargo stored in the open, "on deck". As of 13 October 2011[update] the ship had started to list and rock in the waves. Over 88 containers have fallen into the sea and some have washed ashore. Some of the containers that have fallen overboard contain dangerous chemicals. The wreck broke in two during stormy weather on 7 January 2012.
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- The Discovery of New Zealand: Chapter 4: Cook To D'Urville. Victoria University of Wellington.
- "New Zealand oil ship leak 'raises questions'". BBC News. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.