Lower Kaituna Region


Operations to transition over to a local firm

In the three years since the MV Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef the owner and insurer have been responsible for a series of ongoing salvage and recovery operations. In 2012 – Resolve Salvage & Fire was appointed to cut down and clear wreckage and debris from within the debris field at the wreck site, often in difficult and often dangerous conditions.
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Resolve Salvage & Fire – Progress Update

Currently, there are three key operations Resolve Salvage & Fire ‘Resolve’ is carrying out on behalf of the owner and insurer: 1) Reducing the bow, 2) Recovery of debris, and 3) Hold 4 – Recovery of cargo. Read about these developments.
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Underwater steel cutting continues

The underwater work is a particularly difficult and potentially dangerous phase of the Rena wreck reduction. Divers need to navigate numerous underwater obstacles just to get into a position to cut steel. This week has seen the Resolve crane barge RMG280 preparing to start lifting steel – this involved extensive mooring/anchoring and crane testing. A total of 670 tonnes of steel has now been removed from the hull, with a significant amount pre-cut in advance of lifting and transportation to shore. Steel removal continues on a daily basis, albeit at a somewhat slower pace, now that the project is in its underwater cutting phase.
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Rena oil spill response transition

The National On Scene Commander has today reduced the emergency oil spill response to theRenagrounding from a Tier 3, or national level, to a Tier 2, or regional level response. This means the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will now assume responsibility for ongoing monitoring and future clean-up activity with respect to any further oil spilled from the wreck.
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