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TerraSAR satellite images oil spill in New Zealand

New Zealand: A satellite image by DLR, the German Aerospace Centre, by its TerraSAR satellite, showed the likely spread of oil from the Rena, a cargo ship, which remains stuck on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga, New Zealand.

The ship has spilled more than 350 tonnes of oil since it struck the reef on October 5 and was expected to leak more, with rough weather predicted for last night. Venture enterprise projects manager Robin McNeill said the satellite image was provided to Maritime New Zealand by the aerospace centre after he requested it last week to help show the dispersal of oil, as well as the position of containers that had fallen off the ship.

McNeill has been working with European agencies for the past four years to make the technology to utilise the images available in New Zealand and he said the Rena disaster was a prime example of why it was needed.

Source: Stuff.co.nz