Hope Fades For The Rena

The Rena appears to have suffered structual damage and most likely will break-in-two unless salvors can make immediate repairs.  The Rena developed a massive crack along its midsection of the hull after strong winds and 5 meter swells battered against the container ship.  Seventy or more containers have broken free and have now begun to wash ashore.  One container has been spotted spewing a trail of toxic blue and smoke.   Many more containers on the vessel are damaged making the situation more dangerous for the salvage crew.   Reports also state that even greater amounts of oil has started to come ashore along the shorelines around Tauranga, Motiti Island and the surrounding area. 

Raw Video footage from tvnz.co.nz

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Tug Fire

Fire on tug

Photo: Galveston Daily News

A tug suffered a fire in the engine room while docked at San Leon, Texas.   Local firefighters were called to the scene who were able to extinguish the blaze.   No one was seriously injured, but two firefighters gear was scorched by flames.   The name of the vessel was not released.

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Containers in the water, Captain in Jail


Latest report states 70 containers have fallen off the Rena and have sank,  floating in the sea or have drifted ashore.  No reports to which specific containers and what cargo was inside has been released.  Authorities have issued navigational warnings and expect more containers to break free as the Rena continues to list heavily to starboard.

Jail Time

The Master of the vessel Rena has been arrested and charged by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) under section 65 of the Maritime Transport Act (MTA) 1994, “for operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk”.

He will appear in the Tauranga District Court this morning (Wednesday 12 October).

One s65 MTA charge has been laid, but it is likely more charges may follow.

The s65 charge carries a maximum penalty of $10,000, or a maximum term of imprisonment of 12 months.

Video news report

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Edfu Disabled

The 224 meter long, 71572 dwt freighter Edfu became disabled after suffering engine problems off  Cape Disappointment, Washington.   The Edfu dropped anchor and the crew was able to make repairs to the engine the next day.  The Coast Guard requested the Edfu to continue up the Columbia River for inspection.   The Edfu was proceeding in ballast bound for Kalama, Washington before the breakdown.  No reports of injury, damage or pollution being released.

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Collision on Maas

The  129 meter long, 8260 dwt container ship Pantonio collided with the 366 meter long CMA CGM Alaska at the entrance to the Maas River near Hoek van Holland, Netherlands.   The Pantonio suffered damage to its bow while the CMA CGM Alaska suffered damage including a gash at the waterline.  The collision was caused when the Pantonio suffered a power blackout and lost steering.   Both vessels returned to the Caland Canal.   No one was injured and no reports of pollution being released.

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