One half of the self-propelled tanker barge Anna Soraya was towed into Ijmuiden by the tug Ferox on September 6. The Anna Soraya had broke-in-two in the Bay of Biscay with the bow section sinking.
A 25 meter long, 250 ton section of the Rena broke off and sank into the water during rough seas this week (Visible in the photo above). The section held salvage equipment including cutting equipment worth thousands of dollars. Reports state the equipment will be recovered by divers and the the section will be cut-up and removed.
Two fishing vessels sank in Breaksea Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand after filling with rainwater. The oyster boat Karaka and the fishing vessel Michelle had been moored together when they sank spilling some 100 litres of fuel and oil into the water. Authorities state the pollution was dispersed by strong winds and waves. No one was on board the vessels at the time of the sinking.
United States Coast Guard Crews work on removing the grounded 202 foot long freighter Jireh. The Jireh’s hull had deteriorated making salvage impossible. The response crew are working to lift the freighter off the beach and refloat it a short distance to a site where it will be allowed to sink. More on the grounding can be read here.
Ten months have past since the container ship Rena went aground on Astrolabe Reef. The bow section still remains above the surface, but has increased its list from 22 degrees to 32 degrees. Salvors are still working on removing the wreck of the reef. Helicopters are lifting 1 to 2 ton cut pieces of the hull to a nearby salvage vessel. This removal is slated to take some 100 days to complete. The stern section remains below the surface between 10 to 80 meters deep. No decision has been made to the final outcome of the stern section.
Focus has been on shoreline clean-up work of plastic particulates. The plastic has been washing up along 38 beaches around Tauranga. The pollution is spread over a wide area. Containers are also being removed from the seabed. By August 2012, some 977 out of 1368 containers have been recovered. Many containers are being recovered using ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) from depths up to 50 meters deep.
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.