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Rena update (#226)

6 July 2012

The tender process for the next stage of salvage work - wreck removal - is continuing.

Braemar Howells update

Please note: Braemar sends updates on its operation out on Wednesdays as well – if you would like to be included on this distribution list, email Monique Balvert-O’Connor on

  • Braemar Howells is using increasingly sophisticated equipment in its Rena clean-up operations. The observation class Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV), used to-date in locating submerged container wreckage, has been replaced by a working class version. While the observation class equipment provided the “eyes” to confirm sightings, the replacement ROV features a manipulating arm that can hook up and move scrap wreckage. This will enable container wreckage to be collected without the use of divers. It can operate at varying depths and will be used in Rena recovery operations from next week
  • Surveys of areas favoured by breeding dotterels have been completed on Matakana Island this week and collection of debris is underway. This flotsam includes plastic gloves, ply boards, beads, timber, and food packets. Rena recovery work will not take place on this Bay of Plenty island during the dotterel breeding season
  • Braemar clean-up teams are heading further down the East Coast to begin surveying beaches there. This is in preparation for debris retrieval that has washed ashore following recent rough weather.
  • Plans are also being made, under the auspices of the Rena owners, for the removal of scrap on the seabed around the Rena. Mooring chains are now in place at the Rena for the Unimar recovery barge, which will be receiving scrap from the seabed.
Oil spill response
  • 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.

For further information contact:
Maritime New Zealand Media Line
Phone 04 499 7318

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