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Rena container removal aided by calm spell

Published: 12:37PM Saturday January 21, 2012 Source: ONE News

Salvors have taken advantage of the calm weather today and removed six more containers from the Rena.

Nineteen containers were successfully lifted off the bow, which is above the water, yesterday, and 39 have now been craned off the ship since it broke in half nearly two weeks ago at Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty. There were 110 containers on the deck when the vessel split in two.

There has been no status change to the wreck, with salvors lifting 38 large bags of milk powder off the Rena by helicopter today.

The container ship ran aground in early October.

Svitzer Salvage spokesman Mathew Watson said salvors are gradually making their way from the port to the starboard side.

However, he said it is getting harder and harder to reach the containers as cranes are stretched to their limits.

Divers have also managed to get inside the sunken rear section of the ship for the first time today.

Watson said divers have been into one of the hold areas.

Watson said divers will try to access other holds in the very near future to get a clearer picture of what is going on in those areas.

Maritime New Zealand said debris were being removed from Bowentown Heads today and skips have been dispatched to the East Cape area for debris disposal.

Two teams of 15 were cleaning up oil at Mount Managanui and Leisure Island.

The final wildlife night operation was held last night with the wildlife response facility in Tauranga now being demobilised. From now on any wildlife needing treatment will be sent to Massey University, Palmerston North.

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