Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Isotak Ocean

Rena Media Conference Update- 10 October - Oil comes ashore

by Richard Gladwell on 10 Oct 2011
Rena aground on Astralobe Reef . ..

The first globules of oil have come ashore on Mt Maunganui Beach from the Rena stuck on Astralobe Reef, off the Tauranga Coast.

The focus of this afternoon's media conference in Tauranga was aimed at warning the public to stay away from the oil deposits and the beaches generally.

Officials today said they would allow the oil to accumulate further before starting the uplift operation tomorrow morning on the low tide.

'Leave the oil to us' was the simple message.

Last Wednesday the 236 metre container ship, Rena, hit the Astralobe Reef just off Tauranga harbour New Zealand. She was traveling at 17knots, when she hit the well-known reef at 2.20am.

She has stuck fast with her bow in the reef. A massive salvage operation is getting underway some five days after the incident.

Rena has 1700 tonnes of fuel oil aboard and if this is released into the pristine coastal area it will be the most serious environmental disaster in New Zealand's history.

The oil removal operation from the Rena has ceased after starting at 2039hrs last night and pumped 10 tonnes before being stopped as a precautionary measure. It was not exactly explained what the need was for the precaution. Flow was not at the full rate.

The oiler Awanuia was bought alongside the Rena this morning at 0800hrs to recommence the off loading of oil, however the bow thrusters on the vessel overheated and the berthing operation had to be stopped.

Pumping of oil from damaged tanks into after tanks continues.

About 100 tonnes of oil are in the keel ducts of the Rena and cannot be accessed. Ten tonnes of oil have been taken off, a total of 1700 tonnes of heavy oil is aboard the Rena.

Gases are being removed from tanks to allow salvage crews into the tanks to locate other pumps to facilitate the oil removal to capped tanks aboard the Rena.

The estimates for the oil removal remain at 30-40 hours elapsed to complete the task. However that is dependent on a favourable weather window and being able to get the oiler alongside in the easterly seas.

Astralobe Reef is now being buffeted with easterly seas and swell generated by a weather system moving down the east coast but further offshore than initially projected.

Winds are gusting 30kts at Channel Island, about 50 nm north of Tauranga, and 50kts at Cape Reinga at the far north of New Zealand where the weather system has its origins. In Tauranga wind gusts are only 22kts ahead of the system. A Gale Warning is in force with predictions of 35kts in the area and two metre seas.

Officials today said they had sensors attached to the hull of the Rena to test hull deformation, and they had not shown any movement yet.

Officials for Maritime NZ had no comment to make on reports that Rena had been found to have a number of deficiencies in a check made in NZ on 28 September and had been detained for a day in Australia to allow other deficiencies to be rectified.

Two inquiries into the cause of the incident are continuing.
Bakewell-White Yacht DesignInSunSport - NZNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted on 30 Aug
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 30 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug