Rena cleanup declared complete

The cleanup of the Rena containership, which grounded on October 5 2011 off the North Island of New Zealand, has finally been declared complete. The ship, which has straddled the Astrolabe reef for four and a half years, saw the captain and the first mate of the Greek vessel jailed for seven months.

Maritime New Zealand has now removed two hazard notices on the wreckage. Small vessels will be allowed back in the area from this week but larger ships will still need to keep minimum distances from local reefs, shoals and rocks.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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