Rena’s Salvage Again Hit By Bad Weather


Weather continues to halt the Rena’s salvage operations

While container removal operations are suspended, salvors are focusing on installing patches in the corridors of the wreck, to improve buoyancy.

RENA CONTAINER LIFT: Steve Morrow, Sea Tow 60 Barge Master | MNZ

15 containers were removed from the Rena by the crane barge Smit Borneo on Friday, with 13 removed on Saturday. A total of 195 containers have now been removed from the wreck.

Two containers are being processed today and surveying being done on Pāpāmoa to see if anything has come ashore in the past week.

The weather forecast is for continuing showers and patchy rain, with heavier rain forecast for Wednesday.

Today’s overflight of Rena shows a visible metallic of sheen of oil about 4.5 km long from the vessel, but there is no sign of weathered oil off Ōmanu.

RENA SALVAGE: Welding a crane lashing to the deck of the Sea Tow 60 | MNZ

A shoreline clean-up assessment team is working on Maketū Spit. A total of 967 tonnes of solid waste has been collected so far, with 3.86 tonnes collected on Friday and Saturday.





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