Astrolabe Reef News

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WASSP Launches New Rapid Deployment Multibeam Sounder

in much-needed supplies and aid. At the time, the underwater survey was undertaken by local commercial fishing boats where it was found that in some places, the seafloor had risen by a staggering seven meters.WASSP was also used during the salvage of the container ship Rena which ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef on New Zealand’s East Coast in 2011. WASSP was instrumental in helping Rena salvagers quickly survey the surrounding coastline for sunken shipping containers

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AIS Marks Hazardous Reefs Following Oil Spills

;s Regional Council that a vessel is heading towards a charted danger or entering the no-go zone around each hazard.   The contract is in response to the October 5, 2011 events that resulted in the worst environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history, when the container ship Rena struck Astrolabe Reef spilling much of the ship’s cargo and fuel into the ocean causing immediate and long-term effects on the ecosystem. The ship was carrying 1,368 containers, as well as 1,700 tons of heavy fuel oil and 200 tons of marine diesel oil.   Vesper Marine’s Virtual AIS Beacons, which

Cutting Away Bow Plates: Photo credit RESOLVE

'Rena' Wreck Shrinks Under Resolve's Helicopter, Crane Barge Assault

of 600 tons of steel from the bow section of the Rena wreck off Tauranga, New Zealand.  RESOLVE has been removing the wreck piece by piece using helicopters and a transport barge at a safe distance from the reef.   Due to the precarious position of the wreck’s bow on the Astrolabe Reef, and the nationwide concern in New Zealand over the potential for additional damage to the reef during salvage operations, RESOLVE’s methodology using helicopters was chosen from a number of other proposals. RESOLVE’s Rena Salvage Master Frank Leckey said, “We now have our

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