On March 25, 2011, Yusril became a slave. That afternoon he went to the East Jakarta offices of Indah Megah Sari (IMS), an agency that hires crews to work on foreign fishing vessels. He was offered a job on the Melilla 203, a South Korea-flagged ship that trawls in the waters off New Zealand. “Hurry up,” said the agent, holding a pen over a thick stack of contracts in a windowless conference room with water-stained walls. Waving at a pile of green Indonesian passports of other prospective fishermen, he added: “You really can’t waste time reading this. There are a lot of others waiting, and the plane leaves tomorrow.”
Personnel abandoned a container ship that’s stranded and leaking oil off New Zealand’s northeastern coast in the nation’s worst such catastrophe as the vessel was rocked by waves as high as 4 meters (13 feet).
Shipping cargo and debris are littering a beach on New Zealand’s North Island after Rena, the 236-meter (774 foot) container vessel stranded on a reef since October, yesterday split into two in rough seas.
A container ship stranded off New Zealand’s northeast coast is safe for salvage inspectors and in no immediate danger of splitting, even as oil and cargo from the damaged vessel wash ashore, a maritime official said.
New Zealand’s biggest maritime environmental disaster may worsen as the stranded container ship leaking oil off the nation’s northeast coast has cracks in its hull and is tilting in high seas, tipping cargo overboard.