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4 February, 2015 |  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.

Resolve has spent the last seven months on an industrial scale operation using specialist salvage equipment and divers to clear cargo and other debris from the Reef. This operation has reached the stage where the scale and type of operation is no longer an efficient or practicable way of recovering debris. A transition of operations from Resolve to a local firm is underway to engage a New Zealand based operator to complete a final stage, mainly using commercial divers to remove debris by hand. This work will bring the wreck site to its proposed consented state, which will be assessed as part of the resource consent application process later this year.

The appointment of a local firm is expected by the end of February, at which time Resolve will provide a handover briefing before departing from Tauranga.

Both during these operations and afterwards the Rena’s owner and insurer will have monitoring of the wreck site and the reef environment in place according to a protocol agreed with the Regional Council and other agencies, and will continue the shoreline debris monitoring that has been in place since the grounding. There will be measures in place to respond to any release of flotsam or other material from the wreck site. This will continue throughout the period required to finally determine the owner’s resource consent application and if it is granted, this monitoring would continue for a further ten years.

4 February 2015 |  Maritime NZ to allow temporary pause in Rena salvage activities required by the Maritime Transport Act


Following a request from the owners of the Rena to pause salvage work required by the Maritime Transport Act, the Director of Maritime NZ has decided to allow a temporary pause pending resolution of the resource consent application. This pause will take effect only when the wreck reaches the state set out in the application.

The Rena’s owners lodged a resource consent application under the Resource Management Act to leave sections of the wreck and associated debris in place on Otaiti (Astrolabe) Reef and to provide for any future discharges of contaminants that may arise from leaving the wreck in place.

The owners’ application states that the wreck will be left in an “as benign as practicable state”. The application is set out here: www.renaresourceconsent.org.nz

The application is expected to be heard later this year by commissioners appointed by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
In allowing a temporary pause, two notices imposed by the Director of Maritime NZ will remain in place declaring the wreck a “hazardous ship” (under section 47 of the Maritime Transport Act) and a “hazard to navigation” (under section 100A of the MTA).

The notices – which have recently been updated to reflect the current state of the salvage operation – require debris removal, and removal of all known copper cargo, to be completed to a depth of 30m, and any release of hazardous substances to be monitored.

9 August 2013 |  Operational Update & Dive Survey


Dive survey reveals abundant marine life; latest underwater photos.

12 April 2013 |  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.

19 October 2012 |  Rena Project - Open Day

From the Owners & Insurers of the Rena

An invitation to attend Open Days to find out about the options for dealing with the remaining wreck.

12 October 2012 |  Underwater steel cutting continues with a team of five divers onboard the Rena each day.


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.


May 4, 2012 |  Rena oil spill response transition

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

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.


5 October 2011 to current |  Rena Incident Gallery

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October 2011 to current |  Rena Incident in Photos

On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at 2:20 AM while sailing from Napier to Tauranga, the MV Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The ship was carrying 1,368 containers, eight of which contained hazardous materials, as well as 1,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 200 tonnes of marine diesel. On 8 January 2012 the Rena broke in two after enduring heavy winds and seas overnight. By 10 January the stern section had sunk almost completely. View gallery...


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