Timeline for New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster after the Rena cargo ship hit a reef off the coast of Tauranga.
Wednesday, October 5
- The Tauranga-bound cargo ship Rena hits Astrolabe Reef at 2.14am.
- Reports say the ship carrying around 4700 containers is on a 10 degree lean and is leaking oil
- Divers inspect ship, pollution response team mobilised, transport investigators begin inquiry, first oil-covered wildlife found dead, salvors appointed
-First attempt to pump oil off Rena
- Oil begins washing up on local beaches
- It is estimated that up to 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has leaked from the ship
- Captain Mauro Balomaga, 44, and navigation officer Leonil Relon, 37, charged with operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk and granted name suppression, more containers lost overboard in heavy seas, crack appears in hull of ship.
- Resource Management Act charges laid against Balomaga and Relon
- The bulk of the oil left on Rena removed from the ship
- First container removed from rear section of Rena
- Balomaga and Relon charged with wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice by altering the ship's documents after it grounded
- Rena splits in two after storm
- Wildlife response team stood down
- Rena captain, Balomaga, admits all charges laid against him, navigation officer Relon pleads guilty to two charges
- Interim report into the grounding finds the crew took shortcuts on journey and hit reef travelling at 17 knots
- Stern section sinks after rough seas
- Rena's owner, Greece-based Daina Shipping charged with discharging harmful substances into sea
May 25- Balomaga and Relon sentenced to seven months' jail for offences relating to the grounding. The men were not fined.
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