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The hazardous operation to remove toxic fuel from stricken container ship Rena resumes.
Calm weather now is allowing salvage teams to park a fuel tanker barge close to the ship - grounded off the New Zealand coast.
Officials say they have a window of five days to remove the remaining 1200 tonnes of oil.
But the desperate race to pump the fuel has been hindered by technical problems, bad weather and a heavily listing vessel.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SALVAGE MANAGER, MARITIME NEW ZEALAND, BRUCE ANDERSON, SAYING:
"We've got complexity, heaped on top of complexity, heaped on top of complexity. So, it's not a simple job."
Nearby beaches may look back to normal but authorities have discovered that many beaches have a layer of oil hidden just beneath the surface.
Around 350 tonnes of oil from Rena has already spilled into the sea.
Sunita Rappai, Reuters