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Rehab worked for Rena penguins – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 12th, 2016.

When the Rena grounded off the coast of Tauranga in October 2011, little blue penguins were the most seriously affected native species from the up to 2,500 barrels of spilt oil. In the aftermath of the grounding, 383 oiled little blue penguins were admitted to the oiled wildlife facility for care – of these, 365 […]

Remembering Rena: Oil spill research – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 9th, 2016.

Nearly five years after the ship Rena ran aground on Otaiti (Astrolabe Reef) and caused the worst oil spill in New Zealand history, a newly-published series of papers explores the lessons learned. In a new special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, guest editors Chris Battershill, Conrad Pilditch, Philip Ross, […]

Rena remains on reef – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 29th, 2016.

The wreck of the Rena container ship, its equipment and contents will remain on the Astrolabe Reef where it was grounded in 2011, following the decision of an independent panel commissioned by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, released last week. In May 2014, the owners of the wreck made an application to the Council […]

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Rena break-up poses variety of hazards

John Kerr posted in on January 9th, 2012.

The stranded container ship Rena has finally broken apart after grounding on the Astrolabe reef several months ago. Although most of the fuel oil carried by the ship has been removed, the broken vessel still presents a variety of hazards. The ship, which grounded on the reef in October 2011, was torn in two by […]

Cafe Scientifique covers Rena spill

John Kerr posted in on November 30th, 2011.

The Rena grounding was the focus of a night of informal talks from experts at a cafe in Tauranga this month, bringing the science of the recovery effort to the people. Three experts spoke earlier this month at a Cafe Scientifique gathering in Tauranga, the epicenter of the Rena recovery. Cafe Scientifique is an international […]

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Could ‘Google Maps for ships’ have saved Rena?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 20th, 2011.

International rule-changes mean some ships in New Zealand’s seaways are switching from using traditional navigation techniques and paper charts to a sophisticated form of the satellite navigation systems car drivers use on roads. Research suggests the the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) could significantly reduce the number of ships that run aground internationally. […]

Experts on deteriorating state of Rena

Peter Griffin posted in on October 18th, 2011.

The stricken container ship Rena is being hit with four metre swells hampering efforts to remove oil and prevent further major spillages should the ship break up. The latest official update from Maritime New Zealand is here. The SMC posed questions to international naval architecture experts on the forces at play in the damaged ship […]

Scientists may look at oil-eating bacteria cleaning Rena spill

Kent posted in on October 14th, 2011.

The black tide of contamination pouring from the container ship Rena, in New Zealand’s biggest fuel oil spill, may yet offer  a silver lining in terms of knowledge to be gained by the nation’s scientists and researchers. Two quite different American oil spills — Alaska’s  Exxon Valdez grounding  in 1989, and Louisiana’s  BP Deepwater Horizon […]

Rena oil spill: Q&A with a naval architect

Peter Griffin posted in on October 13th, 2011.

Professor Nigel Barltrop, the John Elder Chair of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Research Director at University of Strathclyde’s Engineering Department comments: 1. How likely is it that the ship will break up? Could Rena ship be salvaged in one piece having sustained that type of damage or has it gone past that stage? “Maybe […]

Rena spill: ecosystems most at threat, plans for ongoing monitoring

Kent posted in on October 13th, 2011.

Waikato University marine ecology and environmental science expert Professor  Chris Battershill has predicted the clean-up of fuel oil from the Rena will take months, and that though open sandy beaches may recover quite quickly, the region’s unique rocky reefs will take a lot longer. Professor  Battershill is the inaugural Chair in Coastal Science for the Bay […]

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