February 2017
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

MV RENA ran aground on October 5, 2011, while sailing in clear weather from Napier to Tauranga, New Zealand, at a speed of 17 knots. RENA grounded on the Astrolabe Reef, carrying 1,368 containers, eight of which contained hazardous materials, as well as 1,700 tons of heavy fuel oil and 200 tons of marine diesel oil. The vessel broke in half around frame 180, leaving the bow section above water while the stern sunk.

In June 2012, Resolve Salvage and Fire successfully secured the tender award for wreck removal operations of the bow section. Resolve utilized the RMG 500 to cut and remove the bow section to one-meter below the waterline. Resolve remained on the RENA project into 2014 and continued to expand the work scope beyond the initial WRECK STAGE 2010 contract for cutting and removing the bow section to LAT-1.

Through a unique technical process, Resolve strategically cut and removed sections of the bow utilizing a helicopter and specialized cutting teams to lift and recover the sections to a nearby barge, eventually bringing the sections of wreck ashore for scrapping. As the bow section was reduced by helicopter, Resolve mobilized their RMG-280 Salvage Barge and RESOLVE COMMANDER tug to New Zealand from the Singapore operations center.

  • Wreck Removal