RENA Container recovery passes 800 mark

Environment, Maritime Accidents — By on May 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Containers can be seen pushing up the hatch covers in the bow section - photo credit LOC

The number of containers recovered from the stricken Rena on Mount Mauganui’s Astrolabe Reef has risen above the 800 mark.  A total of 815 of the 1, 368 containers have now been brought to port.

Braemar Howells’ operations manager Neil Lloyd confirmed numbers were boosted this week with 21 containers landed on Monday, and a further eight on Tuesday.

The good weather and calm sea conditions had enabled the good progress, and also favoured continuing shoreline debris recovery operations. Two tonnes of debris, comprising small pieces of timber, were removed from Matakana Island yesterday.  With most of the bigger debris removed from Coromandel and Bay of Plenty shorelines the cleanup operations were now focused mainly on bead recovery.

Braemar Howells has teams stationed on Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty and at Matapaua Bay, north of Tairua, in the Coromandel this week working on bead recovery.

Meanwhile, the Braemar / Unimar team is continuing sonar operations this week, with identified seabed targets being investigated to ascertain whether they are containers.

About the accident:

• The CV Rena went aground on the Astrolabe Reef at Mount Maunganui in October last year. Since then, Braemar Howells has been working – under the instruction and support of the Rena owners – on the recovery of distressed cargo from the Rena, the ocean and beaches.

• Braemar is working in conjunction with Unimar – a Nelson-based specialist marine support company

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