19 Nov 2011

Salvors remove more containers from Rena

6:35 pm on 19 November 2011

Salvage crews working on the stranded container ship, Rena, have spent Saturday removing containers, after strong winds disrupted work on Friday.

The Rena ran aground off the coast of Tauranga six weeks ago and almost 1300 containers still need to be removed from the ship.

As of 2pm on Saturday, 36 containers had been taken off, with five removed during the day.

Maritime New Zealand says weather conditions remain good for the salvors.

The authority says it has had a number of reports of oil sightings, with many people out on Tauranga's beaches on Saturday.

MNZ is reminding people not to touch the oil and to report it to the 0800 Oil Spill number instead, so that beach cleanup crews can respond.