12 December 2011 – 10.30AM
Weather today is marginal for safe operations, so container removal activity today is unlikely.
While container removal operations are suspended, salvors will focus on installing patches in the corridors of the wreck, to improve buoyancy.
15 containers were removed from Rena by the crane barge Smit Borneo on Friday, with 13 removed on Saturday. A total of 195 containers have now been removed from the wreck.
A beach cleaning team is working today at Shark Alley/Leisure Island where some small amounts of oil have been seen, and the team will be working on the beach after every high tide.
Beach clean-up teams are working at Motiti on the north and western sides of the island. Clean-up teams are also working at Kulim and Fergusson Parks and Matakana Island.
Warm water rock washing is continuing at Mauao.
No beach grooming will be done today because of the weather.
The weather forecast is for continuing showers and patchy rain, with heavier rain forecast for Wednesday.
Today’s overflight of Rena shows a visible metallic of sheen of oil about 4.5 km long from the vessel, but there is no sign of weathered oil off Omanu.
A SCAT (Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Team) will be working on Maketu Spit today.
A total of 967 tonnes of solid waste has been collected so far, with 3.86 tonnes collected on Friday and Saturday.
Two containers are being processed today and surveying will be done on Papamoa to see if anything has come ashore in the past week.
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