What is the MV Rena?
MV Rena is a 3,351 TEU container ship owned by the Greek shipping company Costamare Inc. through one of its subsidiaries, Diana Shipping Co. The ship was built in 1990 as ZIM America for the Israeli shipping company Zim by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG in Kiel,Germany. She was renamed Andaman Sea in 2007 and had sailed under her current name and owner since 2010.
On the 5th October 2011 at approximately 2:20am, the container ship MV Rena crashed into Otaiti – Astrolabe reef. The consequent devastation that followed would effect tangata whenua for many years to come.
The vessel grated and ground against the reef during bad weather while authorities prepared for the worst. The consequent grounding of the Rena resulted in an estimated 360 tonnes of heavy fuel oil to wash up at various points along the Bay of Plenty Coastline. Continuing bad weather and the vessel splitting in two caused approximately 400 containers to be lost overboard. The result saw debris, rotting products and materials spread across the coastline.