RENA update from Maritime NZ (243)
Friday, 27 April 2012 11:00 a.m.
- Svitzer salvors have made good progress in removing containers and cargo from Rena throughout the week.
- Dive operations to remove smaller pieces of debris and cargo have been undertaken. Divers are cutting into parts of the submerged stern section to gain access to containers for removal.
- There are currently moderate to strong winds and swells of between 2-3m at the Astrolabe Reef. The weather conditions are forecast to ease over the weekend.
Container and debris recovery
- The Braemar recovery team is investigating reports of debris washing ashore on Great Barrier Island.
- The team will fly over the island as soon as weather conditions are favourable to assess the situation.
- Braemar NZ Operations Manager Neil Lloyd says that staff will respond accordingly, deploying a fast response craft and clean up teams to deal with the matter.
- Meanwhile, clean up operations on the Coromandel are continuing. Methods for collecting plastic beads have been finalised and will be into action next week, as the weather improves.
- On Matakana Island, debris has been collected and stockpiled ready to be heli-lifted for disposal. The air lift is scheduled for next week, along with further efforts to clean up plastic beads from island beaches.
- With the latest recovery efforts, the total number of containers received ashore from Rena is762- this is made up of 661 removed from the decks and holds ofRena, and another 101 retrieved from the extended area around the wreck, and the shoreline.
- This week alone, the Braemar/ Unimar recovery team has recovered the wreckage of more than 30 containers - including container sections and some cargo.
- A further 40 containers are in pinpointed locations yet to be recovered and sonar surveys are continuing over a wide area.
Oil spill response
- Surveys by oil spill response personnel of areas previously affected by oil have continued this week.
- Small amounts of residual oil have been observed in some areas between Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. These have not required clean-up operations but the sites will continue to be monitored by survey teams.
- Members of the public are encouraged to report any sightings of oil to 0800 OIL SPILL (0800 645 774).