Svitzer salvors yesterday removed 8 empty containers from the
bow section of the Rena, by sliding the containers into the water.
Of these, 6 were recovered from the water by theSmit Borneocrane,
and two have sunk to the reef - these have had buoys attached to
them and will be recovered once the weather conditions allow.
Salvors also removed 39 bags of milk powder yesterday, emptying
one complete container.
Weather conditions are not favourable for salvage operations
today, with winds of up to 30 knots and swells of up to 2m. The
weather is forecast to remain unsettled over the weekend. The
salvage team will take advantage of good weather windows when they
It is unlikely any container removal will be undertaken today,
so salvors will continue with the emptying of containers on board
and removal of bags of cargo.
Container and debris recovery
The Braemar recovery team has been working in difficult
conditions at Bowentown to cut up a container that's partly
submerged. It's a challenging task because of strong tidal currents
which mean that divers with special underwater cutting equipment
can only work at low tide.
Shoreline debris clean up is continuing at Matakana Island and
on the East Cape.
The recovery team has so far processed 497 containers - this
comprises 441 that have been lifted off the wreck by the salvors
and 56 that have been collected at sea or from beaches by Braemar
Beachgoers are reminded to stay away from any container debris
sighted - and asked to please not touch container debris. Members
of the public are asked to please phone in any sightings of
containers or debris to 0800 333 771.
Oil spill response
A shoreline clean-up assessment team spent yesterday inspecting
Blue Gum Bay and Hunters Creek on Matakana Island and found no oil
A second team will be working along East Cape/Te Kaha today -
yesterday they located some oiled debris but no oil.
Oil spill response teams worked at Tuapiro yesterday and
started early this morning to accommodate today's high tide. The
tide times mean that teams working at Leisure Island (Motoriki) and
Mauāo, will be starting after midday today and working into the
An environmental assessment team will be inspecting Rabbit
Island today to assess the levels of residual oil there.
The total amount of waste collected by the oil spill response
team so far is 1020 tonnes.
Massey University is now accommodating 26 birds - 25 little
blue penguins and one grey faced petrel. One petrel died in care
One slightly oiled live penguin was found at Maketū Spit
Te Maunga wildlife site is being inspected to ensure it is
ready to be handed back to the owners. Some equipment is still to
be moved out.
A team of three working on Mōtītī's southern beaches yesterday
found no oiled birds or oil, but did pick up some twine and