Story: International law

The wreck of the Rena

The wreck of the Rena

The container ship Rena became stuck after running aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga, on 5 October 2011. The Rena, which was owned by a Greek company and registered in Liberia, had to be abandoned. The nearby coast suffered from oil pollution, while containers and freight from the vessel also washed ashore. The incident raised a number of issues of international law, including liability for pollution and the operation of laws of salvage.

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K. J. Keith, 'International law - What is international law?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by K. J. Keith, published 20 Jun 2012