Rena breaks in half in severe storms
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 9:52a.m.
The cargo ship Rena has split in half after seas of up to 6m battered the vessel overnight.
According to Maritime New Zealand, the split has left a 20-30m gap between the two halves of the stricken ship.
The forward section of the ship is in its original position on the reef, with the stern section broken away and moving significantly, but still on the reef.
The separated aft section has moved clockwise (to the starboard direction) about 13 degrees.
Maritime New Zealand says there has been a significant discharge of containers and container debris from the ship which may result in the 3nm exclusion zone being extended.
MNZ Salvage Unit Manager David Billington said the fresh damage to the ship has resulted in the loss of a large number of containers and debris.
“While the two sections of the Rena currently remain on the reef, there’s no question the ship is badly damaged with the severe movement breaking off many of the hatch covers and releasing containers from the holds. Salvors are now working to assess the state of the vessel so that naval architects can undertake further calculations get gain a clearer picture of its ongoing stability.”
At least 23 containers have been confirmed as being lost from the ship, which were floating or partly submerged.
Another 7 containers are thought to be in the water, although are likely to be lost.
Tugs from container recovery company Bramear Howells currently has tugs en route to tag containers with bouys as it is currently too rough to tow or safely recover them.
National On Scene Commander Alex van Wijngaarden says that although there is no sign at this stage that there has been any significant release of oil the National response Team has been mobilised which includes trained oil spill response and wildflife experts.
Weather conditions continue to be poor, with severe weather expected to continue for the next 3-4 days.
The storm is part of another bout of bad weather battering the country as heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit the upper North Island today.
The Metservice has issued a weather warning for the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty east of Kawerau, and from Gisborne to Hawkes Bay.
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10/01/2012 10:05:26 p.m.
Anyone know if that classic Holden got rescued?
9/01/2012 9:05:57 a.m.
How is it theere are still containers onboard how is it there is sstill oil on board the window has been open for a long time
9/01/2012 1:07:56 a.m.
Stevie Ray Hawkins wrote:
Human error has taken it's toll on the environment & taken life, & replaced it with death!! It hurts to see our people of the bay of plenty having to clean a virtual bucket of shit dumped on their shores by unlawful entry of scandalous pirates!! It's a Conspiracy!! Our country cannot afford the cost to deal with this unforeseen disaster!! Someone drop a turd on "THEIR" doorstep & see how they like it!!
8/01/2012 10:14:41 p.m.
What worries me is that the last i heard they had completed removing oil from the ship. No mention of 350 odd tonne still being aboard? Thats suspect as and if you think the govt didn't know your dreaming.
8/01/2012 5:30:00 p.m.
Hey - lets all get out there and show em how to do it. I will get my dingy ready and if someone can lend me a motor (preferably about 50,000 Hp), I will attach my mates Nissan Mistral nudgebar and shove that bugger right off the reef.
8/01/2012 4:49:13 p.m.
Expect very little to be learnt from this mess.
the environment is dumping ground. its sad to know the toxicity levels still been squashed for economic reasons.
8/01/2012 4:12:49 p.m.
heh. Some people are so stupid.
8/01/2012 3:58:26 p.m.
Why the do the owners of the containers have to pay the majority of the salvage bill? Why is our Government pussy footing around it and not making the Shipping Company front up on Nation TV? These are questions I shouldnt be asking. Theres nothing common about common sence..
8/01/2012 3:31:38 p.m.
Revi, have you paid any attention to anything since it happened? They've been pulling the containers off it since it happened, when the weather has allowed them to. Unfortunately there's been a lot of bad weather. What do you expect them to do? They couldn't move it when it's split down the middl. Glad you're not in charge of the whole thing...
8/01/2012 3:26:47 p.m.
Revi the salvage workers have been working since the initial grounding. Reports on progress make the news almost daily. You should become more informed before posting.
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