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RENA Maritime NZ Update (143)

Saturday, 5 November 2011 7:00 p.m.

See below the latest update from Maritime NZ (www.maritimenz.co.nz)

DATE: 5 November 2011 TIME: 6.00pm

Rena update #77

Lubricants, hydraulic and waste oils from the engine room of the cargo vessel Rena are being transferred onto the barge Awanuia while preparations continue for "hot tapping" the last tank of heavy fuel oil remaining on the vessel, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says.

MNZ Salvage Unit Manager Kenny Crawford said sea water was being pumped in to the starboard wing tank to raise the level of the oil and hoses for recovering the oil were being rigged in readiness.

Forty underwater locator beacons are being attached to the most vulnerable containers, which will allow them to be tracked for recovery if they should be lost overboard.

Although relatively settled weather conditions have enabled good progress to be made with the salvage, winds this morning caused a four hour delay in transferring salvors on board theRenaand working conditions on board remain hazardous.

Mr Crawford said that a salvor who slipped on the vessel yesterday had fractured his wrist, which highlighted the difficult and dangerous environment on board.

Divers are making daily inspections of the hull, including the section known to have begun buckling.

The container recovery operation is also continuing, with systematic sweeps being made of the seabed to find containers swept overboard three weeks ago.

Assistant National On Scene Commander Andrew Berry said oil spill clean-up operations continued today aroundMaketuPeninsula, Papamoa, Matakana and Te Tumu. Volunteers, the defence force and Iwi worked together to clean remobilised oil on beaches.

Planning is underway to begin trials of surf washing and beach grooming next week.

A total of 401 birds are being cared for at the Oiled Wildlife Facility, including 60New Zealanddotterel, pre-emptively caught to protect the local population and 334 little blue penguins.

MrBerrypraised the efforts of volunteers who were helping with the beach clean-ups and said that it was not too late for other people to join the response. There will be three clean-ups tomorrow involving volunteers, all beginning at 9am. They are:

  • Papamoa, meeting at the Papamoa Surf Club
  • Te Tumu, meeting at the east end ofPapamoa Beach Rd
  • Maketu, meeting at the Whakaue Marae.

Another group will be working on Motiti Island.

ENDS

Fuel tanks with extraction hoses