Boaties advised to steer clear of giant Rena barge
Boaties advised to steer clear of giant Rena
13 March 2014
Boaties have been advised to
steer clear of anchors and wires as a barge the size of a
football field anchors south of Sulphur Point wharf from
The 100x30m barge RMG1000, one of the largest
barges to visit Tauranga, is temporarily anchored one cable
due south of Sulphur Point wharf after bringing sections of
the wreck of the Rena’s accommodation block into shore.
The ‘house’ will be chopped up and sent for
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Harbourmaster
Jennifer Roberts said the large barge will be moored with
multiple anchors and wires, with two additional wire ropes
to the shore.
“Each anchor is marked with a large orange
buoy, lit at night with a blue strobe. The wires are marked
with floating line that has orange floats and blue strobe
lights fitted at 20m intervals, so it is very visible,”
The size of the barge and its anchor wires means
it could be hazardous for other boats and boat owners using
the water are advised to keep well away.
The two nautical
mile exclusion zone around the wreck is still in
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