Oil gone, now the containers

All of the oil bar a bit of residual muck has now been successfully pumped off the MV Rena. They now have the tricky job of removing the containers.

The pumping of oil from the Rena has been completed, Prime Minister John Key confirmed today.

Mr Key said the Awanui, which was collecting the oil, was expected to leave the grounded ship this afternoon.

It had pumped about 1350 tonnes in total and the remaining oil was a small amount that would have to be mopped up.

“This is an important milestone. It’s been a very successful operation and the people of Tauranga will be happy that we haven’t had the environmental disaster some predicted.”

He said the people of Tauranga and the salvors deserved credit for their efforts.

Work could now begin on removing containers from the Rena, which Transport Minister Steven Joyce said would take months “at least”.

Well done the salvors and well done to the volunteers too who have helped clean the beaches.

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