Rena cargo recovery phase looms

With fine weather looming, Rena salvors can start anticipating the next stage of the operation, removing the cargo from the wrecked container ship.


Pancaldo berthed at Port of Tauranga this morning.

Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef with 1368 containers onboard when she struck on October 5. Since then 88 have gone over the side, with more than half of them accounted for – either washed up ashore or corralled at sea.

Winds offshore in the Bay of Plenty over the next few days are forecast to be 15-20 knot southwest to westerly winds, becoming calm Saturday and Sunday.

With the fuel pumping operation likely to continue over the next few days, the ship Pancaldo may be brought into play.

The Pancaldo is a multi purpose ship with its own cranes that has been hired by the salvors Svitzer to bring the containers ashore from the ship.

It has been alongside at the Port of Tauranga since it arrived from Wellington on Saturday.

The Pancaldo draws 5.5metres, and the water alongside the Rena’s port side is about 60-70 metres. The starboard side near the stern is also over deep water.


8 Comments

By gregor

Posted on 20-10-2011 21:31 | By Capt_Kaveman

"Yes every port in NZ should have an emergency response team sitting in their vessels, engine running, just in case some idiot crashes into one of our well known reefs. We should also have ambulances circulating all state highways just in case someone crashes." lol ambulances do cruise as such so stick that in ya mouth to not have a spill responce is like having cars but no tow trucks

crane ship

Posted on 20-10-2011 19:30 | By Glen Clova

Rob i think you might find that the ship was brought here from Australia

OH GOSH

Posted on 20-10-2011 19:06 | By YOGI

Look there are cranes on it, how wonderful I am sure that will help a bit, beats picking them up off the beach would you agree?

NO HURRY MATE

Posted on 20-10-2011 17:35 | By DRONE

It has only taken two weeks to get the Pancaldo here, like lets wait until the weather has done it’s worst first right. Even if it came from Invercargill it culd not take that long to get here. Looks to me like better for the boys network to have more work for longer, or perhaps it is a factor of just how long it takes an official to think about it ... no hurry.

Dollars and sense

Posted on 20-10-2011 16:43 | By gregor

Yes every port in NZ should have an emergency response team sitting in their vessels, engine running, just in case some idiot crashes into one of our well known reefs. We should also have ambulances circulating all state highways just in case someone crashes.

many armchair experts

Posted on 20-10-2011 16:15 | By Gee Really

Probably including me, but some comments reveal more about the poster

Hey Rob...

Posted on 20-10-2011 14:18 | By Tauranga Tazmin

I doubt ships like the Pancaldo are just sitting around waiting for their next job!

Rob

Posted on 20-10-2011 12:47 | By

Why was this crane ship not brought up immediately and container removal started straight away - cannot these people multi task?????

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