The latest reports on the salvage of the Rena still continues as there are over 350 containers remaining on the bow section. To remove containers has become more difficult for the salvage teams. The bow section sits in area which makes it difficult for the crane ship Smit Borneo to get close enough to pull some containers off the vessel. So, tugs have been employed to pull containers overboard with the crane recovers them from the water.
Still More Oil
An oil slick is still visible coming from the submerged section of the stern. Reports state there might be at least ten tons of oil trapped in pockets in the stern. Oil continues to wash ashore around Tauranga and Motiti Island. The water around the wreck is also being checked for toxins. The decomposing contents of containers can make the water too toxic for divers in normal dive suits. No reports on how salvage teams will remove the containers still trapped in the stern.
The grounded container ship Rena broke-in-two after a strong storm struck during the New Years weekend. The storm with 15 foot swells battered against the hull causing the vessel to split apart some 1.5 meters wide. Divers have not been able to investigate to see if the Rena’s hull is still connected under the surface. Both sections remained firmly aground, but oil that was trapped in the hull has leaked out. Reports state a light oil sheen has been spotted and has come ashore. Debris from containers that have fallen overboard has washed ashore near Tauranga and along the shores of Motiti Island.
The Rena has moved further on to the Astrolabe reef which has stabilized the vessel and may allow salvage teams time to pump off the remaining oil and diesel fuel on board. The Rena now is listing at 22 degrees to starboard with its starboard railing at or below the waterline. Oil recovery may begin the next day as salvage crews begin to setup equipment. Reports state the team will attempt to empty the largest oil tank of 700 tons then move on to the smaller 350 to 400 ton tank. Some 55 out of the 88 containers have been located or ashore. Authorities state that the containers will be collected on Motiti Island.