First containers removed

The first containers are now coming off the MV Rena:

The first of more than 1200 shipping containers have been removed from the stricken cargo ship Rena, six weeks after it ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga.

Three containers were lifted off onto the crane barge Sea Tow 60 today, the start of a process expected to take several months.

Poor weather halted the operation yesterday, but salvors today made the most of good conditions in the Bay of Plenty, Maritime New Zealand salvage manager Kenny Crawford said.

“Obviously getting the first container off is a milestone for the operation, but there is still a very long way to go. The removal process will take time as, for safety reasons, each container needs to be lifted separately. Each will also present its own challenges, depending on its position on the vessel and how badly damaged it is.”

The oil of gone, the containers are coming of and the beaches are open, looks like all the doomsayers were wrong.

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