Removing containers from Rena resumes

6:45 am on 27 December 2011

Maritime New Zealand again started taking containers off the Rena on Monday.


Salvors repositioned a barge next to the stranded ship late on Monday afternoon, after bad weather hampered any recovery efforts during the previous few days.

They say the removal of the containers can continue as long as there is good weather and small swells.

Maritime New Zealand says bad weather expected later this week will probably again halt efforts over the New Year break.

There were more than 1300 containers on board the Rena when it hit the Astrolabe Reef in October - more than 300 have been removed, while 90 have fallen overboard.