New Zealand’s North Island Braces for a Nasty Storm, MV Rena Salvage Put on Hold

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The salvage effort continues at the MV Rena shipwreck, image courtesy Maritime New Zealand

Salvors have removed a total of 566 containers from Rena by Svitzer, and a further 72  have been recovered from the shore or sea by Braemar Howells container recovery teams, bringing the total number of containers now processed ashore to 638.

The container recovery is nearly complete, however due to a nasty storm rolling in tonight over New Zealand’s North Island, the salvage operation has been put on hold.  Forecasters expect winds up to 50 knots and 5 meter seas in the vicinity of Astrolabe Reef.

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Valid at: 1:00pm Friday 2 Mar 2012