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November 2015

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Resource Consent Application

The five week resource consent hearing adjourned on 9 October and the Panel has indicated that it expects to release its decision by 18 December 2015.

The Rena Project team wish to acknowledge and thank all those involved in the hearing.

For more information about this process, please visit:

NZDS Clean-Up Continues

The operation to remove recoverable copper clove has been exhausted – with total of 82.3 tonnes of copper laden sediment removed. A final tonnage of separated copper clove recovered will be confirmed in due course.

The focus now remains on cleaning debris by hand above -30m. Adverse weather and sea conditions hampered operations throughout October, but when good weather allows the NZDS dive team is making good progress removing mainly aluminium ingots, container pieces and loose scrap metal.

Cleaning of the wreck site is expected to continue into early 2016.

Former Debris Field: Before & After Images

These images illustrate the success of a ten month industrial scale clean-up operation to remove the major debris field, which contained an estimated 226 unrecovered containers and their contents from Astrolabe (Otaiti) Reef.


State of the Wreck Presentation – Dive Trail Videos

This interactive dive trail map provides hyperlinks to view footage of ten dive trails covering the main areas of the wreck site. The videos were shot in June and July of this year (2015).

To view each video, please click on the blue rectangle containing the number of the dive trail you want to watch. A number of these videos are being shown to submitters ahead of the hearing, as part of an update on the current state of the wreck.


Rena Copper Recovery (video)

The following video illustrates the owner and insurer’s ongoing operation through New Zealand Diving & Salvage to recover copper sediment within the wreck site.

To read the copper recovery report, please click here.

BOPRC Rena Dive Report

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Recreational Dive Safety Expert Report and Summary Video has just been released, please click here to read the report.

The report was prepared by Jeroen Jongejans of Dive Tutukaka, who has run dive operations for nearly thirty years and been instrumental in supporting World Heritage Status for the Poor Knights and an advocate for Marine Reserves and National Parks around New Zealand

The following video below captures only short segments of the footage captured, by David Abbott.

* The site visit was undertaken prior to Tropical Cyclone Pam and a second dive survey will be undertaken in due course.