Rena breaking up
Sunday, 8 January 2012 10:30 a.m.
There has been a significant change in the status of the Rena overnight, with the ship separated into two pieces that are now 20-30m apart. Seas of up to 6m hit the vessel overnight.
Weather conditions continue to be poor, with the current severe weather expected to carry through for the next 3-4 days.
The forward section of the ship is in its original position on the reef, with the stern section broken away and moving significantly, but still on the reef.
There has been a significant discharge of containers and container debris from the ship. This may result in the 3nm exclusion zone being extended. The National Response Team has been activated to respond to the potential release of oil from the ship and to treat any affected wildlife.