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Rena - Ship aground & oil spill off New Zealand

This is not good!


The container ship Rena ran onto Astrolabe Reef outside Tauranga Harbour on Wednesday and is still spilling oil.

Wildlife is already in trouble and a cleanup and recovery operation is underway.


You can see both marine rescue traffic and cleanup activities live in the Ship Finder apps (screenshot below) and here on our website.



Let's hope the environmental impact of this can be minimised and that Rena can be stabilised and recovered soon.


Rena - Ship Details

Registered: Liberia

Built: 1990

MMSI: 636014911

IMO: 8806802

Length: 235m

Type: Cargo


More details on the BBC website


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Comment by Nick Haslam on November 9, 2011 at 23:55

I have posted photographs on my site.  Wreck still there and oil removal ongoing.

Comment by Nick Haslam on November 23, 2011 at 2:52

Oil removal now complete and presently discharging deck containers.

Comment by Mark Daniels on November 23, 2011 at 7:51

Hi Nick,

Thanks for the update. Great work.

Some penguins getting released back made the news here yesterday!



Comment by Mark Daniels on January 8, 2012 at 9:40

More bad news on this.

Rena has now broken in two during the biggest storm since the accident.

The stern has moved some 20-30 metres away.

There are still up to 300 containers still on board.

Authorities have dispatched an emergency team and are preparing for another clean up operation as container debris and potentially some oil is again released into the environment.

Rena has been stuck on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty since October.

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