Rena debris still washing ashore

04:15, Aug 31 2012
Rena wreck
The Rena wreck.
Rena wreck removed
The wreck of the Rena is removed.
Rena wreck removed
The Rena wreck is removed.

As salvage workers continue to dismantle the stricken ship Rena, debris from the cargo it was carrying continues to wash ashore, with tiny polymer beads proving to be problematic.

This month alone, clean-up workers have picked up thousands of the beads, which have largely contributed to the 3.5 tonnes of debris collected in August.

The small, light beads were found stretched across the Coromandel coast, but clean-up efforts have also being underway on Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said today.

Onlookers flock to Waihi beach to check out the Rena cargo.
Onlookers flock to Waihi beach to check out the Rena cargo.
People walking besides the cargo washed up along the Waihi beach.
People walking besides the cargo washed up along the Waihi beach.
A container floats to the Waihi beach, along with a huge number of sacks with milk powder.
A container floats to the Waihi beach, along with a huge number of sacks with milk powder.
Heath Smart, 4, at the Waihi beach.
Heath Smart, 4, at the Waihi beach.
Helping out: Mark Watene removing a sack of milk powder.
Helping out: Mark Watene removing a sack of milk powder.
NOT AGAIN: Workers clear debris from the stricken Rena that washed on to Waihi Beach yesterday.
NOT AGAIN: Workers clear debris from the stricken Rena that washed on to Waihi Beach yesterday.
NOT AGAIN: Workers clear debris from the stricken Rena that washed on to Waihi Beach yesterday.
NOT AGAIN: Workers clear debris from the stricken Rena that washed on to Waihi Beach yesterday.
Oil washed up on Waihi Beach.
Oil washed up on Waihi Beach.
Cargo washed up from a wrecked container on Waihi beach.
Cargo washed up from a wrecked container on Waihi beach.
Contractors remove timber washed up on Waihi beach.
Contractors remove timber washed up on Waihi beach.
Clean-up teams in action at Waihi Beach, clearing debris from the sinking ship Rena.
Clean-up teams in action at Waihi Beach, clearing debris from the sinking ship Rena.
Clean up teams in action near Bowentown.
Clean up teams in action near Bowentown.
Ayessa Ruck, 8, (L) and mum Raquel help out on Waihi beach.
Ayessa Ruck, 8, (L) and mum Raquel help out on Waihi beach.
Debris washed ashore at Waihi beach from the sinking cargo ship Rena.
Debris washed ashore at Waihi beach from the sinking cargo ship Rena.

While stretches of beach in the Coromandel were now clear of beads, there were pockets where concentrations of beads were still being found.

The Rena was labelled New Zealand's worst environmental disaster when the cargo vessel struck the Astrolabe Reef, off the Tauranga coast, on October 5 last year.

About 350 tonnes of oil and dozens of containers spilt into the ocean.

Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena pics 19 Jan
The Rena.
Rena - stern sinks
The bow of the grounded container ship Rena is all that is left. The stern sank on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the grounding.
Rena wreck
The Rena wreck.
Rena wreck removed
The wreck of the Rena is removed.

Salvage workers were now working to dismantle the ship, with the last week proving "highly productive", MNZ said.

Eighty five individual pieces of steel were removed this week, bringing the total amount of steel removed to 300 tonnes, most of which has come from the Forecastle Deck area.  

Bay of Plenty Regional Council continues to oversee the Rena oil spill response. While the Tier 2 response was today downgraded, the council said it would continue to respond to reports of oil washing up as part of its day to day business.

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