Salvors work on the Rena, which ran aground on the
Astrolabe Reef, off Tauranga, on October 5 last year. File
photo by Maritime NZ
More than 100 tonnes of Rena's rusted remains have been
brought ashore as salvagers prepare for Christmas away from
Salvagers working on removing the bow section of the stricken
cargo ship have about 30 per cent of the body left before
they complete the current phase of the recovery operation,
Resolve Marine Group Salvage Master Frank Leckey said.
The metal that has been brought ashore aboard a large barge
will be taken away and used as scrap metal.
"We've taken off hundreds of tonnes off the starboard side,
which would help eliminate some of the rolling," Mr Leckey
Heavy swells at the Astrolabe Reef have limited the salvage
operation to an average of three days on, and four days off a
On those days off, salvagers spend their time exploring the
Western Bay of Plenty region.
Most of the crew will remain in the region during Christmas.
Mr Leckey said they were on target to meet their deadline of
completing the operation early in the New Year.
"Most of our people, 90 per cent, are all staying here.
"We will shut down on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and then
we shut down New Year's Day and the day after, whatever is
normal. Then get back into it," Mr Leckey said.
- By Kiri Gillespie of the Bay of Plenty Times