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Maritime Propulsion

August 17, 2012

Wrecked Container Ship 'Rena' Salvage & Cargo Recovery Update

'Rena' Hatches Exposed: Photo credit Maritime NZ

The first steel fore sections cut & removed from 'Rena', with the Bell 214 heavy-lift helicopter completing 14 separate lifts to the barge Kapua.

Salvage (Resolve Marine)
    •    The barge made its first landing in Tauranga with an estimated 40 tonnes of steel, which included  deck equipment and pieces of winches from the fo’c’sle.
    •    Work is continuing with the modifications to the helicopter landing platform, and pre-cutting of upper decks, fo’c’sle deck, and equipment.
    •    Helicopter-to-barge transfers will continue next week.

Braemar/Unimar Recovery Operations
    •    Braemar Howells/Unimar teams heading out to sea to attempt to recover more Rena containers from the seabed – at depths greater than 50 metres.
    •    Since last week eight containers have been recovered.  All had been rigged by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
    •    The recovery of those eight containers brings the total number of containers retrieved to 977. (There were 1368 containers on board).
    •    Clean-up work continues on beaches.  Clean-up teams are also working in the Coromandel.
    •    Debris recovery using a Unimar barge is also continuing at sea around the Rena where container flotsam and scrap steel has been collected this week.

The oil spill response has been reduced from a Tier 3, or national level, to Tier 2, or regional level, response. Any queries about the oil spill response should now be directed to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.



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