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COREXIT IN NEW ZEALAND!! Oil Spill Updates..RENA CAPTAIN and NAVIGATION OFFICER'S COVER-UP, 7 MONTHS JAIL

 
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Oil spill response plan updated

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A plan for a major oil spill exercise due to be held in the Coromandel has been updated to take into account lessons learned during the Rena disaster.
The Waikato Regional Council exercise – involving up to 30 staff and including supporting agencies – will trial the use of booms to check their effectiveness in helping keep oil out of environmentally sensitive Coromandel sites.

The exercise has now been reduced to two days instead of three and the council has confirmed it will not be using sawdust to simulate oil floating on top of the sea.
The exercise is due to start at Whangamata harbour on June 12 and may also include the Otahu estuary and Opoutere harbour, depending on progress with the booming trials.
Regional on scene commander Adam Munro says the council’s annual marine spill exercise is normally held over a day at one location and is designed to deal with the effects of a spill inside a harbour.
“This year, following on from the Rena disaster, we’re expanding the exercise to several and up to three locations with a view to helping keep oil from a big spill out of the two harbours and the estuary.
“This will simulate a situation where oil is threatening multiple locations over an extended period, a scenario similar to which affected the Bay of Plenty after the Rena grounding.”
During the Rena grounding, the council and Maritime New Zealand developed a series of site specific response plans when it was predicted that oil from the Rena would impact the Coromandel’s east coast.
The narrow entrances to some Coromandel harbour and estuary areas meant there may be a good chance of using booms to help block them off from spills out to sea, says Adam.
However, these narrow entrances also created a number of challenges, including fast flowing tidal currents and limited access points.
“Because of potential impacts to these important and vulnerable environments every effort should be made to redirect and recover oil before it enters the upper areas of harbours and estuaries, thereby minimizing environmental damage and recovery cost.
“Should a big spill again threaten our region we want to see if our planning, tactics and Maritime NZ’s equipment that we use is up to the task of protecting these environments using blocking booms to keep out as much oil as possible.”
Adam says the exercise – which may involve limited restrictions on boats using the trial areas – will take into account the recommendations of a post-Rena Maritime NZ report on the use of booms to protect Whangamata, Otahu and Opoutere.
He noted that in the event of a big spill it may not be possible to protect every threatened site using booms and sites would have to be prioritised accordingly.
“This exercise will be a good opportunity to work with supporting agencies and to judge whether our current equipment is adequate for a range of scenarios.
“If we think more or different equipment is needed, we’ll make recommendations on this to Maritime NZ.”
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Thread: TAURANGA,NEW ZEALAND, HAS BEEN POISONED WITH COREXIT... RENA -GROUNDING and OIL SPILL TAURANGA,NEW ZEALAND
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Ukelele bashing Rena song released
Posted at 10:18am Tuesday 29th May, 2012

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Tauranga City Council staff member Marcel Currin is venting his anger over the sentencing of the Rena captain and second mate by dusting off an original song now posted on You Tube.
The song - Rena versus the Ukulele - is a medley of rock anthems accompanied by a cut and paste style video parodied for the Rena situation which Marcel first wrote last year after the Rena grounded on October 5.

“My day job is at the Tauranga City Council so we were all heavily involved during the initial crisis,” says Marcel.
“It was an exhausting time, there was a ukulele nearby and the song evolved as a kind of after hour’s therapy.”
The song was written in part as encouragement and entertainment for the friends he made at Maritime New Zealand.
“They’ve played it at a few of their meetings,” says Marcel.
“I think it might have become a kind of cult hit for them in the same way the local government musical I wrote last year (also on YouTube) is for my own colleagues.”
At the end of the video, in an expression of local frustration, the Rena is bashed into the ocean with a ukulele to the words “F*** the Rena!”
Marcel is also a published poet with his works including The Earth’s Deep Breathing: garden poems by New Zealand poets, edited by Harvey McQueen, and Swings and Roundabouts: Poems on Parenthood, edited by Emma Neale.
In February Marcel published his first book, Ministry of Ideas, a collection of very
short stories in which the ordinary world collides with the bizarre.
In the world of Ministry of Ideas you can have a beer with Jesus and get into an argument with a household spider.
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Rena versus the Ukulele (Family version)

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Rena versus the Ukulele (Family version)

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Published on May 26, 2012 by Marcel Currin
On 5 October 2011 a ship called the Rena banged into the Astrolabe Reef off the Tauranga coast and spewed oil everywhere. Our lives got pretty busy after that. With a ukulele at my desk, this little medley of tributes evolved into the best form of stress relief outside of the pub. It goes out to my city council colleagues and all the other local authority staff who put hours upon hours in, plus the hard working people from Maritime NZ, Public Health and other organisations we met along the way.

With apologies and a nod of acknowledgement to Bon Jovi, Midnight Oil, Deep Purple, Metallica, Dave Dobbyn and those dudes who sing the Macarena.

Rena images taken from the Maritime NZ website, toyed with in Photoshop and compiled in iMovie.

More music and stuff at www.marcelcurrin.webs.com.

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Jailed for 7 months

The captain and navigation officer of container ship Rena have each been jailed for seven months.

Mauro Balomaga, the captain of the container ship, and Leonil Relon also lost their name suppression when they appeared in the Tauranga District Court today for sentencing.

They appeared muted and solemn when sentenced. Female supporters were seen to leave the court in tears.

Both the captain and navigation officer pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including operating a ship in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk to persons or property.

The Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on the Bay of Plenty coast on October 5 last year, spilling fuel, cargo and other debris into the sea and causing an environmental disaster on the coast.

Salvors are still cleaning up what is left of the cargo and the ship, which came apart and finally sank earlier this year.

Crown prosecutor Rob Ronayne told the court today the crew made a catalogue of errors while racing to the Port of Tauranga under time pressure.



He said the ship cut corners and sailed hazardously close to other landmarks and the captain and navigational officer tried to cover up their faults.

There were "substantial deviations'' from the approved passage plan without just cause.

Most seriously, Balomaga instructed Relon to later plot a false chart position at 2am on October 5 - 15 minutes before the Rena ran aground - so that it gave the appearance of the Rena passing clear of the Astrolabe Reef, Mr Ronayne told the court.

When interviewed on October 11, neither man mentioned falsifying the charts.

Balomaga also admitted a charge under the Resource Management Act of being the master of a ship from which harmful substances or contaminants were discharged into the coastal marine area, and also pleaded guilty to four charges under the Crimes Act of wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Relon also pleaded guilty to three similar charges, which relate to altering ship documents after the grounding, and a charge under the Resource Management Act relating to the discharge of harmful substances and/or contaminants.

The sentences related to the Crimes Act and Maritime Transport Act charges. There was no imprisonment over the RMA charges.

After the sentencing, Rena owners Costamare said it would continue to meet its responsibilities as their employer to ensure their welfare and that of their families

"The Rena owners and our insurers continue to be closely involved in managing the response to the grounding, especially through the activities of our salvage and recovery teams. There are many complex legal, environmental and community issues still to be resolved from the grounding and we are committed to working with all affected parties to achieve a satisfactory conclusion.''

In a separate prosecution, a charge laid under the Resource Management Act by Maritime New Zealand against Costamare's subsidiary, Daina Shipping, was adjourned without plea until July 18.

MNZ director Keith Manch welcomed the sentencing, which held the two officers to account for their failures in relation to the incident.

"This grounding has had significant consequences for the Bay of Plenty community and the country as a whole. Today marks a milestone in the response, which is still under way.''

Mr Manch said MNZ was supported in its investigation by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, police and other parties including the Port of Tauranga, local iwi and the local community.
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Rena: The cover-up revealed



The disgraced container ship captain responsible for New Zealand's worst environmental maritime disaster tried to cover up shoddy seamanship by ordering records to be changed - and then kept quiet about it to investigating authorities.

The MV Rena's captain and his navigation officer eventually admitted altering the ship's GPS log, its passage plan and its computer to mislead the investigators.

"This offending is very serious in that it caused genuine confusion for investigators trying to piece together the events that led to the grounding," said the director of Maritime New Zealand, Keith Manch.

"It is vital that when these types of events do take place, we can find out how and why they have happened to help prevent such an event happening again."

Last evening, the captain, 44-year-old Mauro Balomaga, and his navigational officer, 37-year-old Leonil Relon - both from the Philippines - were jailed for seven months.

At the sentencing hearing, it was revealed that Balomaga arranged for corners to be cut between Napier and Tauranga to fulfil what was described as an "obsession" with reaching the port by 3am.



After sailing perilously close to other coastal landmarks, including Hawkes Bay's Bull Rocks, the ship slammed into Astrolabe Reef on October 5 last year.

Yesterday, Crown Solicitor Rob Ronayne, in describing the disaster, spoke of "systemic failures", "fundamental errors" and a "gross level of incompetence" that came "close to amounting to recklessness".

Amid a catalogue of errors, Balomaga failed to familiarise himself with the position of the vessel or check whether the correct chart was being used after he arrived on the Rena's bridge at 1.52am, less than half an hour before it hit the reef.

He also did not check for dangers or hazards.

As the Astrolabe Reef came within 5.5km of the ship, it showed up as an echo on the radar.

Balomaga dismissed it as a small vessel or a radar cluster.

A crewman recorded by the ship's black box reacted as the ship hit the reef, tearing away 60m of its keel: "What was that? Put it on manual. Shit, shit, chief, chief, what happened?"

Shortly after, Balomaga discovered that the ship's position at 2am had been noted in the GPS logbook but not plotted on the chart.

The reef would have been obvious to him if this had been done.

Realising how this would look, he instructed Relon to plot a false GPS position so it looked as though the ship was sailing clear of the reef.

Balomaga also instructed Relon to create a false passage plan and to destroy the original document.

Balomaga's lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, told the court that Balomaga realised his career was over - but he hoped that Relon's, who had a young family, could be saved.

When both men were interviewed on October 11, the day the crew were evacuated from the ship amid a heavy storm that sent 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil into the ocean, neither mentioned the cover-up.

Only a month later did they admit what they had done - Balomaga saying he had sought to mislead the authorities to cover what he saw as Relon's shortcomings.

Mr Mabey said Balomaga had been under pressure and sleep deprived when he was first interviewed.

Relon's lawyer, Mark Beech, said there had been negligence and incompetence on his client's part, but his offending did not rate at "the top of the end of recklessness".

"He readily accepts that, given his level of experience, it should never have happened."

Judge Robert Wolff told both men their attempted cover-up was a "silly and unwise decision".

"The clear message needs to be sent that where there is national disaster such as this, it is incumbent on those involved in it to be truthful."

Balomaga says his company has stuck by him, despite having to pay $13.2 million each month for his mistake.

Speaking exclusively to the Weekend Herald on Thursday, the captain of the MV Rena said he had no idea what fate awaited him - but smiled as he told how he had been able to see his family.

In Tauranga District Court yesterday, he sat and listened attentively during proceedings and, when being sentenced, stood solemn, mute and expressionless.

Balomaga, whose five children range from school-age to in their 20s, had been a sailor for 23 years when the Rena smashed into the Astrolabe Reef last year.

His first post as captain was in 2008, and he was regarded by the Rena's owners as their most senior Filipino master.

Leonil Relon, a fully qualified second officer, had also been highly regarded.

He had not seen his wife or three children - aged 14, 8 and 6 - for 18 months and for the past nine months, had been living in a Te Puke hotel.

Their employer, Costamare Shipping, said it was continuing to meet its responsibilities as their employer.

"In particular we are providing close support to the families to assist them in the absence of their loved ones."

Mr Manch welcomed the sentences.

"This grounding has had significant consequences for the Bay of Plenty community and the country as a whole," he said.

"Today marks a milestone in the response, which is still underway."

Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby said the region was more focussed on restoring its international reputation.

But he still wanted a Costamare Shipping representative to visit Tauranga and apologise in person.

The company told the Weekend Herald it had extended its sincere apologies "right at the beginning".

Its subsidiary, Daina Shipping Company, also faces prosecution over the disaster, and is next in court on July 18.
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Rena operation sailing along

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The Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga last October causing an environmental disaster


The Rena salvage operation is ahead of schedule by one month and organisers are preparing to head into winter.

Following faster than expected progress in the recovery of containers from the MV Rena in recent weeks organisers are now planning the next stages of the operation.

All accessible containers in the bow section have now been removed, leaving 18 damaged or empty containers in the section that remains on Astrolabe reef.

A specialised salvage vessel that has supported container removal from the bow has now completed its contribution to the operation. The vessel is likely to return to its home base in Singapore in the next few weeks.

The owners and insurers are in close liaison with Maritime New Zealand and are paying close attention to the possibility of extreme weather conditions.

Discussions are in place regarding the technical aspects of wreck removal for future stages of the operation.


Read more: [link to www.3news.co.nz]
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Thread: HOLY SHIT GUESS WHAT COREXIT IS AN ANAGRAM OF!!!!!

corexit was sprayed here at Tauranga
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Thread: Thousands died from the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill... from the oil and from corexit...
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Rena Oil DISASTER - COREXIT KILLS - cleanup crew WATCH THIS please


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Great coverage , 5 stars ! I wasn't aware of all those details !

Matter of fact it looks that your detective skills are Great : they touched a Nerve somewhere , look at the as%-hole that gave one star !

Pin this people !
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Great coverage , 5 stars ! I wasn't aware of all those details !

Matter of fact it looks that your detective skills are Great : they touched a Nerve somewhere , look at the as%-hole that gave one star !

Pin this people !
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hiya Doru

i am very concerned about the future effects of corexit/synthia in my neighbourhood...
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Corexit's Deadly Legacy

"I received a very interesting email today. It's all about the poisonous substance known as Corexit 9500 that's been used on the Bay of Plenty oil spill by Maritime New Zealand.

What makes this email even more relevant is that the authorities didn't deliver any gloves to most of the people cleaning up the oil spill. That means the locals trying to clean up somebody else's mess often have inadequate protective equipment and will be exposed to deadly toxins.

Here's what Australian Ocean Protection Activist and Environmental Campaigner Ashiya Austin has to say about Corexit:

The news that NZ has opted to use the deadly Corexit dispersant in the Tauranga Port oil spill travelled like wildfire around the Internet environmental activist community yesterday.

That NZ would use this dispersant which has been banned in eighteen countries and has caused huge controversy in the US was greeted with shock and horror by many eco activists who have been watching and documenting the destruction it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marine toxicologist Riki Ott who has worked tirelessly to stop Corexit in the GoM says Corexit can cause havoc in a person’s body and lead to death.

Toxicologists agree that Corexit ruptures red blood cells, causes internal bleeding, allows crude oil to penetrate into the cells and into every organ system.

Not only is Corexit highly toxic, expert’s say it is less effective than other dispersants, and has actually worsened the damage caused by the oil spill.

At the beginning of the Corexit debate in the GoM, Toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw, Founder and Director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute went diving into the oil spill to examine the chemicals present. Dr.Shaw told CNN "I can tell you what happens to people, because I was in the oil". She said she saw shrimpers throwing their nets into water, and water from the nets splashing on their skin.

One of these men, she said, experienced a headache that lasted three weeks. He had heart palpitations, muscle spasm and bleeding from the rectum. She said; "That’s what Corexit does, it ruptures red blood cells, causes internal bleeding and liver and kidney damage". She said that combined with oil Corexit is even more toxic and goes right through skin. That the solvents penetrate skin, taking oil into the cells and organs and this stuff is toxic to every organ system in the body.

According to John Sheffield a chemist with Alabaster, a Texan company specializing in bio remedial products, the oil industry is involved in a cover up of environmentally friendly products. This is to maintain a monopoly on their own products and to control the actual amount of "clean up" restoration or remediation they must do.

He says "The products the oil industry use (Corexit dispersant and booms) are made from petroleum. When the public sees them pouring the toxic dispersant Corexit into the spill, what they see is similar to watching an arsonist pour gas onto a fire, only from an environmental perspective".

Corexit dispersant, he says,is a hydrocarbon petroleum product just like paint thinner, lighter fluid, anti freeze or kerosene. Mr Sheffield says Corexit dispersants are the only solution the oil industry allows. The industry made money off Corexit as they poured it into the Gulf where it increased the contamination and dissolved the pollution to hide it.

The main ingredient in Corexit is an Exxon solvent line called Norpar. It is basically an oil industry waste product repackaged for sale. It was made by the oil industry for the oil industry to deal with (hide) it's own issue and it is an extremely outdated and hazardous answer. Mr Sheffield says "Even our own EPA data ranks Corexit as being 20 times more toxic, and far less effective than other dispersants."

Cleanup workers exposed to Corexit in the GoM experienced identical symptoms to those of the shrimper in Dr Shaw's report. At the height of the Corexit debate in the GoM, CNN reported that all workers using Corexit in the Exxon Alaskan oil spill of 1989 had died.

It is not only people working and living close to the spill in the Gulf who have been affected; there has been an epidemic of illness among residents and many reports of marine wildlife death.

Another report on Corexit states that the active ingredient of the toxic chemical dispersant, which is up to 60% by volume, is a neurotoxin pesticide that is acutely toxic to both human and aquatic life causes cancer and may cause reproductive side effects. It says the human health hazards are chronic.

In fact the neurotoxin pesticide that is lethal to 50% of life in concentrations as little as 2.6 parts per million has been banned for use in the UK since 1998 because it failed the UK “Rocky shore test” which assures that the dispersant does not cause a “significant deleterious ecological change” or to put that in layman’s terms it can kill off the entire food chain."
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Corexit, the stuff they are using to “dissolve” is four times more toxic then the oil coming from the ship and actually prevents the oil from being biologically dissolved and cleaned up.



Here’s what’s happening in the Gulf:




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for truth

when enough people are on the same page spirit can intervene and clean these things up in an instant (similar to radiation spills)

cause and effect works both ways

hf
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when enough people are on the same page spirit can intervene and clean these things up in an instant (similar to radiation spills)

cause and effect works both ways

hf
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hi, yeah i believe that too

there was some thing incredible how so many people donated so much time to clean up, for months after the spill first began
(including the army, who some say made it all possible)

the corexit/ synthia thing is what concerns me the most, we could sure do with some divine intervention on that one
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when enough people are on the same page spirit can intervene and clean these things up in an instant (similar to radiation spills)

cause and effect works both ways

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hi, yeah i believe that too

there was some thing incredible how so many people donated so much time to clean up, for months after the spill first began
(including the army, who some say made it all possible)

the corexit/ synthia thing is what concerns me the most, we could sure do with some divine intervention on that one
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Have a gander at the last big post I made on the bezerk thread Tauranga, regatds corexit and synthetic bacteriums.
Ties in to this I am sure, especially where the containers went.
It's all about the 'vibe'
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when enough people are on the same page spirit can intervene and clean these things up in an instant (similar to radiation spills)

cause and effect works both ways

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hi, yeah i believe that too

there was some thing incredible how so many people donated so much time to clean up, for months after the spill first began
(including the army, who some say made it all possible)

the corexit/ synthia thing is what concerns me the most, we could sure do with some divine intervention on that one
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Have a gander at the last big post I made on the bezerk thread Tauranga, regatds corexit and synthetic bacteriums.
Ties in to this I am sure, especially where the containers went.
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ok thanks i will..

haven't read that thread for quite a while, and it grows so fast

post anything you want to on this thread too..
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when enough people are on the same page spirit can intervene and clean these things up in an instant (similar to radiation spills)

cause and effect works both ways

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hi, yeah i believe that too

there was some thing incredible how so many people donated so much time to clean up, for months after the spill first began
(including the army, who some say made it all possible)

the corexit/ synthia thing is what concerns me the most, we could sure do with some divine intervention on that one
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Have a gander at the last big post I made on the bezerk thread Tauranga, regatds corexit and synthetic bacteriums.
Ties in to this I am sure, especially where the containers went.
 Quoting: BadHairDay


ok thanks i will..

haven't read that thread for quite a while, and it grows so fast

post anything you want to on this thread too..
 Quoting: Tauranga


Thread: Something Just Went BEZERK in the Gulf of Mexico. The US Navy just sunk a French Submarine
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Good thread T ! (very)

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Good thread T ! (very)

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hiya K x

thank you

i wish i had your email, to be in contact with you about stuff like this..

could you maybe email it to ra, (royal assasin), and i could get it from him?
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Rena owner’s court date changed

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“Complexity” is the reason for the re-scheduling of a court appearance of the Greek based owners of the stricken Rena cargo ship.
Greece-based Daina Shipping was due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on Wednesday facing charges laid by maritime New Zealand in relation to the ship’s grounding on Astrolabe Reef on October 5, 2011.

View of broken Rena in heavy sea swells taken on April 4. Image: Maritime New Zealand.
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Both the defence and the prosecution asked for an adjournment due to the complex nature of the case.
Daina Shipping is charged under the Resource Management Act in relation to the discharge of harmful substances and carries a maximum fine of $600,000, and $10,000 for every day the offending continues.
Earlier this year the Rena’s captain Mauro Balomaga, 44, and navigation officer Leonil Relon, 37, were sentenced to seven months jail after pleading guilty to the charges laid against them.
The 37,000 tonne cargo ship Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef about 25km off the coast of Tauranga on October 5 subsquently spilling more than 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and containers into the ocean causing what is labelled “New Zealand’s worst environmental disaster”.
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Plans for next stage of salvage work
Posted at 7:13am Saturday 07th Jul, 2012

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The next stage of salvage work/wreck removal of the Rena is beginning with new equipment that will enable container wreckage to be collected without the use of divers.
Up until now, Braemar Howells has been using “sophisticated” equipment in its Rena clean-up operations.

A helicopter hovers over Rena’s empty holds where all the hatch covers have been removed.
Now the observation class Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) used to locate submerged container wreckage is being replaced by a working class version – which will be used in Rena recovery operations from next week.
A Braemar Howells spokesperson says while the observation class equipment provided the “eyes” to confirm sightings, the replacement ROV features a manipulating arm that can hook up and move scrap wreckage.
Surveys of areas favoured by breeding dotterels have also been completed on Matakana Island this week and collection of debris is underway.
This flotsam includes plastic gloves, ply boards, beads, timber, and food packets.
Rena recovery work will not take place on this Bay of Plenty island during the dotterel breeding season, says the spokesperson.
Teams are heading further down the East Coast to begin surveying beaches there, in preparation for debris retrieval which has washed ashore following recent rough weather.
Plans are also being made, under the auspices of the Rena owners, for the removal of scrap on the seabed around the Rena.
Mooring chains are now in place at the Rena for the Unimar recovery barge, which will be receiving the scrap.
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Storm forces Rena time-out

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Easterly storms in the last week put a stop to Rena container salvage operations but increased the workload for the environmental specialist Braemar Howells’ beach clean-up crews.
More than 100 bags of waste have been collected from Coromandel beaches and coastline in the last week

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A worker using the modified vacuum equipment with its collection drum. Photo: Braemar/Unimar

Plastic beads, refrigerated container foam and other flotsam has been cleaned from beaches with teams also investigating reports of beads swept ashore in other areas.
“One or two have proved to be false, such as at Mount Maunganui where the beads proved to be plant seeds, which have apparently come from some of the dune vegetation,” says Braemar Operations Manager Neil Lloyd.
Neil says good progress has been made cleaning up the section of beach on Matakana Island that’s crucial to the dotterel nesting season.
“We hope to have this stretch clear by early next week, in our efforts to minimise disturbance of this important breeding colony.”
The rough seas forced a halt to work on pre-rigging submerged containers lying on the seabed around the Rena wreck site.
The storm was the most prolonged weather event encountered since the project began, says Neil.
A ROV (remote operated vehicle) was deployed on Thursday but the work was abandoned because poor visibility extended down to about 500m, the worst encountered to date. It’s hoped that this work can resume early next week when the seas have settled, says Neil.
Although most of Braemar’s fleet has been port-bound, patrols have continued at the wreck site.
The two-nautical mile exclusion zone remains in place and is monitored 24-7. Neil says it is somewhat reassuring that an observation flight over the wreck found no sign of any fresh releases.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) continues to liaise with US salvors Resolve, appointed by the Rena’s owners and insurers to undertake wreck removal work.
Neil says that “while the owners and insurers have completed their visit the Bay of Plenty, they are still closely monitoring our operations and instructing us accordingly.”
Braemar Howells’ Managing Director Simon Rickaby, who is in Tauranga on one of his regular visits, says he shares the frustration of the Braemar guys and the Unimar crews on the vessels.
“The weather has been so bad that it’s simply been unsafe to go out and work at the wreck site.
“We’ve been recovering debris for some time from beaches, but areas cleared earlier, have been impacted again. It is heart-breaking for clean-up teams on the job to have to start on the tedious task all over again.”
Simon complimented the dedication and perseverance that both marine and shoreline teams have applied to their respective tasks.
“They have well illustrated, to the owners and insurers, who have been here recently, the overall care and professionalism in place working with the local communities, MNZ and Bay of Plenty authorities. I am very proud of them.”
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