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MV Rena Recovery Task

In September this year, EnviroNZ completed its contracted work on the Rena clean-up. We’ve had a presence in Tauranga since offering our support to Maritime New Zealand on the 5th October 2011, when the MV Rena, the Greek owned container/cargo ship, ran aground on the Astrolabe reef.

Since then we’ve played a leading role in the clean-up, working alongside Maritime New Zealand, Oiled Wildlife Response Unit, Environment Bay of Plenty, Braemar Howells, Resolve Salvage & Fire and P&I Services. The work has been gritty, demanding and painstakingly precise - and we’ve been privileged to do it.

Some of our clean-up work has included:

  • Capturing, treating and either disposing of or recycling of over 2,000 tonnes of liquid waste.

  • Creating a sophisticated heavy vehicle wash pad operation to decontaminate machinery used on the beaches.

  • Designing, building and operating volunteer personnel decontamination units at the beaches.

  • Emptying and disposing of the contents of 144 shipping containers, and washing, returning, or scrapping of the empty containers.

  • Disposal or recycling of nearly 6,500 tonnes of shipping container product, including:
    • 930 tonnes of steel sent to scrap recyclers,

    • 150 tonnes of butter sent for use in biodiesel manufacture and

    • 400 tonnes of untreated wood was reused as boiler fuel at a local mill, chipped for landscaping material, or cut for firewood. Some of the wood was also given to the local Council who had it treated and used it for a variety of beautification projects around the city.

When you think about EnviroNZ, most people just imagine the rubbish or recycling truck coming down their street once a week. But our expertise is far broader than this, which is why we’ve been on-the-ground since day one, assisting other companies to play their part in helping to restore, as best as possible, the Astrolabe reef back to its original, prestine condition.

Cleaning the beach of debris washed ashore from the Rena shipwreck Cleaning the beach of debris washed ashore from the Rena shipwreck


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