Rena container numbers drop below 200

00:53, May 11 2012

The number of containers left in the bow section of grounded cargo ship Rena has dropped below 200, with salvors able to work on the wreck during most of the past week.

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said most of the 197 containers remaining in the bow section were empty. A further 359 containers were thought to be in the aft section or on the nearby seabed.

Salvors had recovered and landed ashore 772 containers. That included six container loads of aluminium ingots, weighing 210.7 tonnes. Efforts continued to find and bring ashore more of the ingots, MNZ said.

The Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on October 5 and has since broken apart.