It’s been almost 30 days since the cargo ship Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga, and forecasts show stormy weather heading towards Tauranga within the next few hours. So the question is being asked, will it cause the Rena to break up or not For these dedicated volunteers getting down on all fours ensures that no oil remains in the sands of this Papamoa Beach. Weather forecast show rough weather ahead, so there are concerns about the Rena. Throughout the night, sea swells are expected to reach 5m high.
Which could result in the breaking up of the Rena. We are preparing ourselves for the rough weather tonight The ship could break up as divers have found yet another crack along her hull. Joe also says that coastal iwi are prepared for the worst case scenario should it happen. We have been in preparation for the last two weeks for the worst to hit, and have formed communication systems and a plan to work together with others here at Maritime NZ. Only time will tell how this pans out. Hinerangi Goodman, Te Karere.