Steel removal from the Rena wreck continues with daily helicopter operations using McDermott Aviation Bell 214 heavy lift helicopter. The total steel weight landed ashore is now more than 650 tonnes.
Salvage (Resolve Salvage & Fire)
The Salvage Master for Resolve Salvage and Fire, Francis Leckey, said that positive helicopter progress now allows Resolve to focus on getting divers into the water to begin the next phase of this demanding and, at times, dangerous project – underwater steel cutting.
To enable the underwater cutting phase to begin, Resolve’s team is busy preparing the dive support barge RMG280, which is presently berthed in Port of Tauranga. Once all preparations are complete, the barge will take up station adjacent to the wreck and the underwater phase of the wreck reduction project will commence. The first team of divers is in place and the second team is being assembled.
Braemar Howells/Unimar Update
Braemar Howells’ clean-up teams will be out in force next week cleaning up beaches after continuing rough weather.
Coromandel and Matakana Island hot spots will continue to receive special attention. Operations manager Mike Richards says bad weather has historically stirred up debris so it is prudent to wait for the weather to settle and then collect debris.
Sea conditions this week have been too rough for the divers to operate. “The conditions on the reef – in terms of the swell and currents – don’t always reflect what the more favourable weather forecast is telling us,” Mr Richards says.
The number of retrieved containers stands at 1003.
Source: Maritime NZ, September 28, 2012