Rena Tauranga Ship Disaster Photos Videos


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Photos of the Rena environmental disaster off the Bay of Plenty coast when the cargo ship ended up on the Astrolabe Reef spilling oil.

Rena dec 4 |MNZ

Oil still leaving rena Dec 4 | MNZ

RENA: How is it staying afloat? | MNZ

RENA: Salvors are back on board | MNZ

RENA: Salvage divers resurface after inspecting the buckling on the starboard side |MNZ

Rena awaiting more bad weather | MNZ

Rena as seen by helicopter inspection | MNZ

Rena in this morning's fog | MNZ

Rena this morning after a rough night | MNZ

RENA: How it looks today

RENA: New oil hose being prepared for pumping on board Go Canopus | MNZ

Tanks on board the bollard pull tug Go Canopus, heading to Rena | MNZ

Rena: Access to the pumping is through small hole | Svitzer

Accessing Rena by rope ladder | Svitzer

Conditions on board Rena |Svizter

Rena on her 21 degree list | NZDF

Line taking oil from Rena to Awanuia is supported by buoys between the ships | NZDF

Rena ifractured across the hull to ort side, where hull is cracked & buckling |NZDF

A fracture and buckling extends down Rena's hull on the port side |NZDF

Rena listing at 21 degrees | MNZ

Containers look as if about to fall of Rena |MTNZ

Rena showing a 21 degree list | MNZ

Rena lists to starboard while Awanuia recieves oil before pumping stopped| MNZ

The next group of photos and video were shot by the Defence Force flying over:

Rena on reef |NZDF

Rena on reef |NZDF

Rena on reef |NZDF

Rena on reef |NZDF

Oil on the beach | Gemz Photography

Container washed onshore | Greenpeace

Hundreds of dead oiled birds lie on the shoreline | Gemz Photography

Cleanup on Papamoa Beach. |MNZ

Rena cleanup volunteer Rona Marie Otene | MNZ

Maritime emergency centre

Numbers refer to water depth under and around Rena | Maritime NZ

Rena this morning | NZDF




  1. Craig says:

    I hope this puts the nail in the coffin for any govt thoughts to continue to let Petrobras look for oil!

  2. damian says:

    The two are completely unrealated.

  3. Ingolfson says:

    Not necessarily - it creates *reasonable* worries that we don’t have the “heavy lifting” required to deal with a large oil spill, or similar maritime emergency (remember that the US, - right off a coast just bristling with oil industry assets - took months to fix a major disaster of theirs).

    So not irrelevant at all - though of course both sides of the drilling equation will tend to overstate the risk / the safety for the sake of their own argument.

  4. norman fraser. says:

    There was long delay to commencement. A superior oil extraction ship must be designed. Very fast to arrive early. At stern advanced drilling machinery to drill through iron plating for pipe insertion to arrive at oil soon. Extraction pipes will run to coupling pipes from oil filling vessels on either side of extraction ship. A very powerful pump designed.These oil transport ships will arrive and depart in turn. The extraction ship can be designed and built overseas for the world. It is very dicey that all the time hundreds of oil tankers go all over the world and only one ship has to go aground to cause a lot of trouble.

  5. Timmo says:

    Just wondering, what will happen to the remains of the hull that may be left on the reef once the clean up operation is ‘finished’? I’m presuming the stern etc will eventually break off and fall back down the reef leaving a portion on the reef? Will there be an operation to remove this? I haven’t seen anything in the news regarding that.

  6. Sophie says:

    I’m not completely sure, but I have heard that they are planning a operation to remove the parts of the ship AFTER they have dealt with the oil.

  7. Michael says:

    @norman - and just how many of these really expensive purpose built ships and crews do you think we would need to have evenly distributed all around the world to deal with the rare accidents that occur?

  8. max says:

    @Michael - we would simply need to rachet up the cleanup financial responsibilities for all shipping companies by a factor of 10-20, and then they’d fund it. Or move all shipping to shell companies if they haven’t already. The joys of capitalism.

    BTW - those hanging containers behind the bridge MUST be empty. No way the twistlocks would have held for over a week, with constant vibration, at that angle, if they had actual contents.

    Of course since one WOULD stack empty containers at the highest point, they probably are indeed empty.

  9. richard says:

    It is tempting to reach snap conclusions based upon the facts of one isolated case. Think of the hundreds of ships that come and go each year without incident. We might have discontinued space exploration when Apollo 13 exploded, Titanic had an insufficient number of life boats and a problem with basic construction, but this didn’t bring transatlantic travel to an end, it lead to deeper care and better equipment. Not everything is academic, we human beings also learn from mistakes.

  10. Mehmet says:

    It is really sad to see such an incident. I hope they will remove the parts as soon as possible.

  11. Oyun says:

    BTW New Zealand, the fine for the captain is paltry and the owners of this ship should be made to pay for the total cost of clean up!


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