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10.10.2012

Rena: the catastrophe in details

The Master and the Second Officer of Rena The Master and the Second Officer of Rena.

The 5th of October, 2011 is the anniversary of the most powerful disaster in our planet. The cargo vessel Rena grounded on the reef that night due to the bad weather. It happened in 14 km far from the Taurang, New Zealand. The storm broke down the ship into the two parts. As a result there was a wide oil spill. It was impossible to “repair the sea” for the long time. All were damaged. People had lost their money and beaches, as for the birds and beasts – they lost thir lives.

So, let’s watch how had it happened.

This a fly-over shot. Rena has just grounded on Astrolabe Reef. The picture was taken on the 5th of October at 7:45 a.m. Several hours had passed by. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s photo.
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It’s a close up to the grounded cargo vessel. The full size of the catastrophe is not still realized. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s photo.
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Bay of Plenty Regional Council snapped a photo of vessel at midday 5, October. The containers are still on the board.
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Dudley Clemens had jointed the photo session and made a fly-over shot. 8, October. Mid-afternoon. As you may see, the oil spot is seen clearly.
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Rena’s containers and oil is getting off by tanker Awanuia. 9, October. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s photo.
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Maritime New Zealand: tanker Awanuia is still rescuing Rena. 10, October. The weather is getting worse.
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The Defence force of New Zealand made a shot from the HMNZS Endeavour’s deck. 12, October. The containers began slipping off Rena. The weather is heavy.
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12, October. Rena loses containers as heavy swells attack. The oil sheen is really seen. Blair Harkness’s photos.
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The port side gains a large crack. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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The steel structures of the ship were fractured. Svitzer’s photo.
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A salvor is winching on the Rena’s board. The purpose is to get off as many cargo and oil as they can. Svitzer’s photo. 15, October.
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17, October. Tanker Awanuia is pumping the oil off the ship. Soon after the shot the weather conditions forced to postpone the operations. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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Fly-over shot. 15, November. The salvor operations. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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The comparison of the cargo situation on the 23, November. Almost all the containers slipped into the water. Two days later there became known the fact that 21 container with the dangerous cargo is the board. The transport company “had forgotten” to report them on the ships manifest. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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The fly above the disaster’s place. 18, December. The salvors proceeded successfully in getting the container’s part off the vessel. Nevertheless, many containers are still on board. LOC’s photo.
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The crane barge Smit Borneo and Sea Tow 60 head to head release the containers from Rena. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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The early morning on 8, January 2011.Rena had broken apart on heavy 6-meters swells attack. 830 containers are still on board. 200-300 of them fell into the water. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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9, January. As soon as the sea calmed down Maritime New Zealand succeeded to take a fly-over picture.
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10, January. Rena began sinking in around of the many fragments. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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A few moments passed a bridge only was left up water. LOC’s photo.
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This 3D picture is showing the position of the cargo vessel on Astrolabe Reef .
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19, January you may clearly seen the bridge’s shapes underwater. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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In spite of the various whirlpools, Smit Borneo keeping transporting the containers off the vessel. LOC’s photo. 31, January.
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«Life on a lean»: Svitzer is working. Svitzer’s photo. 19, Fabruary.
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The team had to unload containers by hands. Svitzer’s photo.
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The hatch covers were pushed by the containers. They would later need to be chained. LOC’s photo.
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The helicopter is grounding on a helipad. LOC’s photo.
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The heavy waves rising. 24, March. The Rena’s bow was destroyed during the 24 hours. LOC’s photo.
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A week through the heavier swells keep on destroying the bow. LOC’s photo.
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4, April. The storm push Rena away from the reef. LOC’s photo.
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May, 2012. Smit jointed Svitzer. They set off containers together. Smit and Svitzer’s photo.
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On 25th of May the Master and the Second Officer were sentenced each to 7 months imprisonment. After serving only half of the sentence, they both were released.

The crane is lifting the last hatch cover above the deck. 28, May. Smit and Svitzer’s photo.
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By the 1st of June all the hatch covers were put away. RESOLVE Marine Group won the contract for the utilization of the disaster’s traces. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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15, August. The helicopter supplies the oxygen bottles to the RESOLVE Marine Group crew, how is busy cutting Rena . The cut sections are in the barge. Photo: RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.
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The technician removes side shell sections from the bow. The helipad were fixed on the bow of Rena to make the access easier. Photo: RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.
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RESOLVE Marine Group crew “live on a lean». Photo: RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.
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The part of the cargo vessel were broken on early September morning. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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RESOLVE Marine Group crew is on Rena board. 22, September. Maritime New Zealand’s photo.
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On October 1st, the owner of the RenaDaina Shipping Company – was sentenced to pay USD 22 million, in order to settle a series of claims from the government and several public bodies, such as Maritime NZ, Environmental Protection Agency, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, the Minister of Local Government and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

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