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RENA update from Maritime NZ (243)

Friday, 27 April 2012 11:00 a.m.

Salvage

  • 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).

 

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