21 September 2012
This week teams have recovered 1000 containers from the wreck of the Rena.
Salvage (Resolve Salvage & Fire)
- Good progress continues to be made reducing the bow section – with in excess of 140 tonnes of steel removed over the last week.
- The total combined weight of steel removed is now approximately 575 tonnes.
- The RMG 280 crane barge, which can raise pieces of steel weighing up to 40 tonnes, has been equipped and is expected to commence operations in the coming days.
- A specialised team of salvage divers will also take to the water next week, working in tandem with the crane barge.
- Helicopter salvage work will continue together with the underwater operations.
Braemar Howells/Unimar Update
- The Braemar/Unimar recovery teams have passed the milestone of 1000 containers recovered from the wreck of the Rena.
- The number of containers retrieved now stands at 1003. This leaves 365, with most around the wreck site or in the stern section.
- A total of 1368 containers were onboard the Renawhen grounded on the Astrolabe Reef nearly on 5 October 2011.
- Braemar Operations Manager Mike Richards says the milestone was reached this week after the positive identification of more container parts hauled up from the seabed at the wreck site.
- “We take our hats off to all those involved in the ongoing joint recovery effort – from the salvors, Braemar and Unimar staff, to Maritime New Zealand, support services companies, and many others.”
- Mr Richards says the work of identifying containers from numbers on scrap recovered has been a huge behind-the-scenes task in its own right, carried out by specialists in distressed cargo.
- The Braemar/Unimar teams have also made good progress in the recovery of scrap and debris from the wreck site, which has been hauled aboard the Tasman Challenger recovery vessel.
- On Wednesday, 40 tonnes of debris including aluminium ingots and coils of heavy gauge wire was unloaded from the recovery vessel.
- The vessel has now unloaded a total of 76 tonnes in three loads.
- More plastic beads in particular have been collected from Matakana Island this week.
Oil spill response
- Bay of Plenty Regional Council continues to oversee the Rena oil spill response.
- People are encouraged to report any sightings of oil to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Pollution Prevention Hotline on 0800 884 883.
- The Regional Council also continues to work with wreck removal and debris recovery contractors to ensure the risk of further oil spills is managed. Resolve Salvage and Fire has an oil spill contingency plan in place and have response equipment and trained staff at the wreck site. Braemar Howells has oil spill response equipment on their vessel patrolling the 2 mile exclusion zone.
Maritime New Zealand oil spill response media team
Media queries (including wildlife queries) - 0800 774 554
International media queries - +64 4 499 7318
Media contact for owners, insurers, and salvors - Hugo Shanahan, +64 275 111 561
Media contact for Resolve – Steve Fisher, +64 21 961 105
Braemar Howells spokesperson Monique O'Connor (for media queries relating to container and debris recovery) Monday-Wednesday - +64 274 575 700
Braemar Howells spokesperson Grant Dyson (for media queries relating to container and debris recovery) Thursday-Sunday - +64 27 668 6242
To report sightings of oil - 0800 OIL SPILL (0800 645 774)
To report sightings of oiled wildlife - 0800 333 771
To report sightings of containers or container debris - 0800 333 771
For further information contact:
Maritime New Zealand Media Line
Phone 04 499 7318
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