Rena has sunk at Astrolabe Reef this morning. Only visible part of the stern is the port bridge wing.
The eyewitness account is that she appeared to be slowly settling by the stern. Very quickly, No.7 hatch began to fill and she sank below the waves. Her position is described as listed to starboard with about a 30 metre stern trim. It's understood that the front part of the stern section is still awash. MNZ may have some overflight photographs soon.
This shot taken this morning at dawn, just before she sank.
Overflight photo from MNZ this morning, showing the water level in No.7 Hold
Photo from Stuff NZ of Astrolabe Reef this morning
Hi-res aerial photos from salvage consultants LOC and Maritime NZ here.
Debris field as the aft hold goes under - MNZ/LOC
Going under - Maritime NZ/LOC
And one final photo from MNZ's gallery
This wraps up the morning's news. Maritime NZ are updating their website regularly and there are some great hi-res shots from Astrolabe Reef being posted at their incident gallery
Farewell Rena, it's been a great ride while it lasted. More from Astrolabe Reef later. Some news and photos received from Brasil on 'Vale Beijing' to be posted.
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