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MV Rena Oil Spill Data


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At the height of the response approximately 600–800 people were involved in the oil spill response team*, including members of the Incident Command Centre (ICC) and people in the field undertaking beach clean-up and wildlife response.

Approximately 15 staff managing the overall response from the ICC 60 oil spill responders working in the field.

Members of the National Oiled Wildlife Response Team are available to receive affected wildlife at Massey University, while contingency plans are in place to escalate the wildlife response if required.

Department of Conservation personnel are still responding to oiled wildlife calls through 0800 333 771.

Technical advice and personnel has been provided from New Zealand, Australia, the UK, US, Netherlands and Singapore, with offers of assistance and equipment and under international agreements.

25 crew on board Rena at time of grounding.

150-member salvage team from the appointed salvage company Svitzer with local support teams and colleagues providing round-the-clock technical advice and analysis from Australia, Singapore and Netherlands Salvage.

1368 containers on board Rena at time of grounding. 547 containers stored above deck, 821 containers stored below deck. 121 containers with perishable foodstuffs. 32 containers with dangerous goods.

Approx 250 containers remain below decks on the severed bulk-head (bow section). Unable to confirm how many containers remain on board sunken Rena stern section.

Estimated 98 containers (total) lost overboard before 8 January 2012. Estimated 150 containers lost overboard on 8 January 2012.

643 containers processed on shore by Braemar Howells teams since container recovery began on November 16. 571 have been removed from Rena by salvors and 72 recovered from the water and beaches.

Beach clean up 1041 tonnes of waste collected.

A total of 8061 volunteers are registered in the volunteer database.

12 active groups in Adopt-A-Beach programme.

Salvage and Oil Recovery

Over 1300 tonnes of oil recovered through fuel recovery operations on board Rena.

1712 tonnes of oil on board Rena when it grounded.

Around 350 tonnes of oil released from Rena fuel tanks between 5–11 October.


A total of 409 birds were being cared for in the Te Maunga wildlife facility at the height of the response, including 345 little blue penguins, 60 New Zealand dotterel and 4 pied shags. The facility has now been removed and birds are being cared for at Massey University.

120 rare New Zealand dotterels in Bay of Plenty area – 60 pre-emptively caught and cared for at the wildlife facility; 1700 rare New Zealand dotterels in existence 2410 dead birds collected, of which 1448 were oiled.


1 Squirrel helicopter for winching people on and off Rena.

1 C172 aircraft used for aerial observation flight.

1 MNZ-owned oil recovery vessel, Kuaka from Auckland (on standby).

1 MNZ-owned oil recovery vessel Tukuperu from Picton (on standby).

1 anchor-handling tug, Go Canopus, on site for container recovery, receiving oil and capable of maintaining station in poor weather.

1 landing craft vessel Brandy Wine.

1 barge Sea Tow 60 1 crane barge Smit Borneo, used for removing containers from Rena.

1 Port of Auckland tug Maui.

1 Auckland barge Pohunui.

1 Bell 214 helicopter flying equipment to Rena, carrying 3 tonnes at a time.

(On standby) 3 local tugs mobilised to intercept drifting containers and debris.

600 metres of ocean-going booms from across New Zealand (ready to be deployed).

Salvage equipment brought by Svitzer includes air compressors, power generators, chains, shackles, ropes, tools and oil removal equipment.

Equipment used during the response that has subsequently been stood down: 1 double-hulled tanker Awanuia, capable of receiving oil from Rena 1 tug Swiber Torunn 1 crane ship Pancaldo 1 Port of Auckland tug Waka Kume 3 mussel barges, Ocean Phoenix, Northern Quest and Union Beach, used for on-water oil recovery operations 4 NZDF Navy inshore patrol vessels, Rotoiti, Hawea, Taupo, and Pukaki 1 NZDF Navy fuel tanker Endeavour NZDF light operational vehicles NZDF Seasprite helicopter 5 NZDF Unimogs NZDF literal warfare support group personnel and assets, conducting surveys of shipping lanes.

At the height of the response there were between 200–300 personnel managing the response from the incident command centre. These included people from MNZ, the National Response Team, regional and local councils, Massey University, the Department of Conservation, the University of Waikato, WWF and New Zealand Fire Service. This figure also includes trained oil spill responders leading volunteers and other personnel in the field.

Around 150 NZDF personnel, from the Air Force, Navy and Army, with another 150 on short notice to respond as needed.

150 Department of Conservation personnel providing field support to the wildlife response, conducting field surveys, collecting live and dead oiled wildlife, and providing logistical support, with others available at short notice.

100 people working in the wildlife response team, including National Oiled Wildlife Response Team personnel, veterinarians, ornithologists and expert responders with experience in the capture and treatment of oiled birds.

* Includes staff from MNZ, the National Response Team, regional and local councils, Massey University, the Department of Conservation, Forest and Bird, University of Waikato, WWF and New Zealand Fire Service..

- Courtesy of Maritime NZ