RAW VIDEO: Resolve Raises and Removes MV Rena Accommodation Block

Mike Schuler
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March 13, 2014

It’s been more than two years since the MV Rena’s superstructure has seen the light of day since slipping below surface at New Zealand’s Astrolabe Reef in January 2012, 3 months after the containership ran aground on the clearly marked reef.

Watch as a team from Resolve Salvage and Fire this week used the crane barge RMG500 to raise the top portion of the large accommodation block, transfer to the RMG1000 barge, and transport the wreckage back to the port of Port of Tauranga.

The MV Rena containership ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef on October 5, 2011 and slowly broke up over the months that followed. The incident has since been dubbed the worst maritime environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history. Resolve was hired in July 2012 to manage the salvage and remove much of the wreckage, which obviously still continues today.

The video below give a good look at the wreckage onboard the RMG1000 barge.

PHOTO SEQUENCE: MV RENA

Fly-over shots of the M/V Rena grounded on the Astrolabe Reef on October 8, three days after grounding. Photo: Dudley Clemens via MNZ
Fly-over shots of the M/V Rena grounded on the Astrolabe Reef on October 8, three days after grounding. Photo: Dudley Clemens via MNZ

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MV Rena after splitting in two. Image: Maritime New Zealand
MV Rena after splitting in two. Image: Maritime New Zealand
Debris comes off the MV Rena on January 10 as part of the vessel slips off the reef. Image credit: Maritime New Zealand
Debris comes off the MV Rena on January 10 as part of the vessel slips off the reef. Image credit: Maritime New Zealand
Image: Maritime New Zealand
Image: Maritime New Zealand
Image: Maritime New Zealand
Image: Maritime New Zealand
The MV Rena bridge seen on January 19, 2012, about 9 days after slipping below the surface. Image: Maritime New Zealand
The MV Rena bridge seen on January 19, 2012, about 9 days after slipping below the surface. Image: Maritime New Zealand
A Resolve barge on-site near the bow section, in January 2013. Image: Maritime New Zealand
A Resolve barge on-site near the bow section, in January 2013. Image: Maritime New Zealand
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